Apple Aims To Not Be Facebook With New Privacy Features In iOS 11.3

Apple has had iOS 11.3 in beta for a while now, but the timing couldn’t be better as it’s release today brings a ton of privacy related changes that were likely prompted by the enormous new European data protection regulation GDPR. From the press release that Apple put out today:

iOS 11.3 and macOS 10.13.4 introduce updated data and privacy information that makes it easier than ever for users to understand how their personal data may be used. A new privacy icon and detailed privacy information will appear whenever Apple asks for access to personal information to enable features, secure Apple services or personalize an iOS experience.

Ignoring the fact that they’ve pretty much confirmed that macOS 10.13.4 is due any day now, they’re likely un-intentionally trolling Facebook when users upgrade to iOS 11.3. I say that because after the upgrade, you’ll see this screen:

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In a backhanded way they’re saying that Apple is not Facebook. And you will know every time an app asks to use your personal info, unlike Facebook. I guess it also in a backhanded way ties into an interview that Apple CEO Tim Cook had yesterday when he said this:

If that’s not a mic drop moment, I don’t know what is.

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