iOS 16.6 Beta introduces BIG privacy feature to iPhone; Know what is iMessage contact key verification | Tech News

iOS 16.6 Beta introduces BIG privacy feature to iPhone; Know what is iMessage contact key verification

Apple's recent release of the iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6 betas suggests the inclusion of iMessage Contact Key Verification, although it remains uncertain if the feature is functional in the initial beta version. The privacy feature was announced last year

By: MD IJAJ KHAN
| Updated on: May 23 2023, 12:25 IST
Sports live to screen recording, here is what iOS 16.5 first public beta focuses on
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1/5 iOS 16.4 update has been released for the iPhone users, and now Apple has started focusing on the next update- iOS 16.5. The company has even rolled out the first public beta of iOS 16.5 for testers. "Apple today (March 30) seeded the first betas of upcoming iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5 updates to public beta testers, allowing non-developers to test out the software head of its official launch. The public betas come two days after Apple provided the betas to developers," a report by MacRumors stated. (Pixabay)
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2/5 In order to test the iOS 16.5 update, people who have signed up for Apple's free beta testing program can go to the Settings of their phone. Then click on General, select Software Update. Meanwhile, here is what the iOS 16.5 will bring to your iPhone. (HT Tech)
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3/5 My Sports tab in Apple News: It seems like with iOS 16.5 Beta 1, a new Sports tab can be found at the bottom of the screen which will let users keep up to date with the news and performance of their preferred sports teams. (Unsplash)
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4/5 Screen recording by Siri: According to 9to5Mac, this update is expected to allow Siri to start screen recording without any manual intervention. All you need to do is simply say "Hey Siri, start screen recording", and it will start capturing what's on your screen. (Unsplash)
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5/5 Sports multi-view on Apple TV: The iOS 16.5 Beta 1 can allow users to stream up to four different sports simultaneously, giving users an opportunity to catch all the action live. (Unsplash)
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The beta version of iOS 16.6 was released by Apple on Friday, showcasing the addition of iMessage Contact Key Verification. (Pixabay)

Apple's highly anticipated iMessage Contact Key Verification tool, aimed at safeguarding conversations against digital threats, was announced in the second half of 2022. Initially it was projected for a 2023 release, and now, the first beta of iOS 16.6 has finally added the feature. However, it remains inactive for now.

The beta version of iOS 16.6 was released by Apple on Friday, showcasing the addition of iMessage Contact Key Verification. But activating the feature currently appears to have no visible effect, leading to the belief that Apple's implementation may still be in progress, as reported by MacRumors.

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What is iMessage Contact Key Verification?

iMessage Contact Key Verification is a protective measure for individuals who are extremely vulnerable to cyberattacks from malicious actors. This includes journalists, human rights activists, government officials, and others who may be targets of such attacks.

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The feature allows users to confirm that they are communicating with the intended recipient and not an unauthorized third party who may have intercepted the message or are eavesdropping on the conversation. When two or more users with this feature enabled engage in a chat, Apple will send an alert if a breach in the cloud servers occurs, posing a risk to the integrity of the conversation.

By activating this feature, users can verify their own identity as well as the identity of the person they are communicating with by comparing a Contact Verification Code in person, via FaceTime, or through another secure application.

Apple introduced this feature alongside Security Keys for Apple ID last year in December, aiming to fortify the protection of users' sensitive data within iCloud and iMessage.

Apple's launch of iMessage Contact Key Verification, along with security keys for Apple ID in December of the previous year, showcases the company's commitment to safeguarding users' sensitive data within iCloud and iMessage, providing an enhanced level of protection.

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First Published Date: 23 May, 12:25 IST
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