Apple made headlines earlier this year when it refused a federal government request to help unlock a terrorist’s iPhone, and as expected, it’s doubling down on privacy and security in iOS 10. The protection of personal data was a running theme through this year’s keynote, punctuated by the announcement that it will begin using differential privacy to bolster things like QuickType and Spotlight, promising the data it analyzes will be anonymous and private.
While differential privacy will obviously be a feature that benefits all iPhone users, its a clear signal that Apple is working on making the iPhone’s locks even stronger. There have already been rumors that Apple is working to make the next iPhone virtually impenetrable, and the protections in iOS 10 are further proof of its commitment to security and encryption. As Craig Federighi said near the end of the presentation, “All of this great work in iOS 10 would be meaningless to us is it came at the expense of your privacy,” and it’s easy to imagine Phil Schiller saying something quite similar after he unveils the next iPhone.
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