Apple's Upcoming IOS 16 IPhone Features
Apple's upcoming iOS 16 iPhone features now include a Lockdown Mode to combat hackers.
What is Lockdown Mode?
And On Wednesday, Apple revealed a new previously unannounced feature called Lockdown Mode for iPhone, iPad, and Mac users who worry they might be subjected to hacking attempts and spyware attacks. Apple calls the feature, to be released soon, "an extreme, optional protection for the very small number of users who face grave, targeted threats to their digital security."
What phones will have iOS 16?
That new feature comes as speculation grows that the public beta release of iOS 16 could come as soon as next week. Currently, the software is only available to registered developer beta testers. The official release of iOS 16 will be this fall and likely will coincide with the arrival of new iPhones usually unveiled around September.
The feature will be available on iPhone 8 models, iPhone XR, and newer models released after 2017. Unfortunately, this also means that the very reliable, but older iPhone 6 and 7 models cannot support iOS 16.
Keeping your iPhone on Lockdown Mode
Lockdown Mode also provides protections from blocking attachments, link previews in certain messages, vulnerable web browsing technologies, and incoming FaceTime calls from unknown numbers.
In a statement, Ivan Krstić, Apple's head of security engineering and architecture, said "Lockdown Mode is a groundbreaking capability that reflects our unwavering commitment to protecting users from even the rarest, most sophisticated attacks."
In addition to Lockdown Mode, the tech giant also announced a $10 million grant and an up to $2 million bug bounty through the Apple Security Bounty program for any researchers that can manage to break through the new feature.
How do users enable Lockdown Mode?
For those who have iOS 16 in beta mode, here's what you can do:
Launch "Settings" on your Apple device; Then tap "Privacy & Security." Next, scroll down to the bottom and tap Lockdown Mode to turn the feature on. Read the related information about Lockdown Mode and then scroll down to tap "Turn On Lockdown Mode."
From there, "Tap Turn On and Restart" to confirm and enable, or otherwise tap "Cancel" to not enable the feature.
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