iPhone users say brand new feature 'allows people to cheat on partners easily'

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A number of iPhone users have been left divided after the release of the new iOS 18 features. The update includes a brand new chance at customisation, photo changes, iMessage text effects, and some new privacy measures to give more power to users.

Among the new privacy features, which Apple wrote is “designed to empower users”, the new software will allow people to lock and hide particular apps for information they want to keep private. This includes app notifications and content.

Apple shared the iOS update at a conference in California, United States, on Monday, June 10. Other features announced included customisation options, its “biggest redesign ever” of the Photos app, new ways for users to manage their inbox in Mail, Messages over satellite, and more.

Users will also be able to arrange apps and widgets in any open space on the Home Screen, and customise the buttons at the bottom of the Lock Screen. iOS 18 will also introduce Apple Intelligence, the personal intelligence system for iPhone, iPad, and Mac that combines the power of generative models with personal context to relevant “intelligence” to users.

iPhone users will be able to lock an app; but for even more privacy, they will be able to hide an app, moving it to a locked, hidden apps folder. Once an app is locked or hidden, content like messages or emails inside the app will be hidden from search, notifications, and other places across the system.

Apple explained iOS 18 gives users even more control with tools to manage who can see their apps, how contacts are shared, and how their iPhone connects to accessories. The software will allow users to share only specific contacts with an app.

The news of Apple’s software update made its way to social media, where some iPhone users described the new privacy features as a “cheater’s paradise”. Jamie Wilde said: “Apple's new privacy features are going to be huuggee for cheaters and liars. Just announced at WWDC: ‘locked apps’ that are face id-protected and don't show notifications and ‘hidden apps’ that don't even show up on screen.”

Richie Dinero agreed: “On the Apple update you can hide and lock apps, and they won’t even come up if you search words in the search bar. Apple is a cheater’s paradise. That’s sick.”

El wrote: “The Apple product team has some serious cheaters coz these features are so convenient. hidden apps, schedule send ah ah,” while Nerdy commented, “iOS18 is a sneaky link’s update... You can hide apps and they aren’t even visible on search. Can hide apps and lock with Face ID. Hidden apps are in app library but won’t show unless your Face ID unlocks it. Sneaky link summer.”

Jamal Osman simply wrote: “Apple's new iOS 18 feature is cheater's paradise. #PrivacyMatters.”

iOS 18 Features

  • Customisation - iPhone users have new ways to customise the Home Screen, Lock Screen, and Control Center. Users can now arrange apps and widgets in any open space on the Home Screen. App icons and widgets can take on a new look with a dark or tinted effect, and users can make them appear larger. And for the first time ever, users can now switch the controls at the bottom of the Lock Screen, including choosing from the options available in the controls gallery or removing them entirely.

  • Photos - The Photos app will also be given its biggest redesign ever. It will have a simplified, single view displaying a familiar grid, and new collections help users browse by themes. Photo collections can also be pinned.

  • iMessage - Messaging will be given all-new text effects, meaning users can amplify any letter, word, phrase, or emoji. This includes being able to bold, underline, italics, and strikethrough. The new iOS 18 update will also allow users to compose a message and schedule to send it at a later time. There’s also a new Messages via satellite update, for when cellular (e.g. 5G) and WiFi connections aren’t possible.

  • Mail - The Mail app will also receive an update to help sort emails in categories, helping to organise personal and time sensitive messages.

  • Safari - Safari will be updated to make it easier for uses to discover information on the web with Highlights and a redesigned Reader experience.

  • Passwords App - Following on from Keychain, the new Passwords app will make it easier for users to access their passwords, passkeys, Wi-Fi passwords, and verification codes.

  • Privacy - iOS 18 gives users even more control with tools to manage who can see their apps, how contacts are shared, and how their iPhone connects to accessories, including ‘locked’ and ‘hidden’ apps.

  • Apple Intelligence - Apple Intelligence unlocks new ways for users to enhance their writing and communication. The feature is a brand-new system-wide Writing Tools built into iOS 18, users can rewrite, proofread, and summarise text nearly everywhere they write, including Mail, Notes, Pages, and third-party apps.

Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, said: “We are thrilled to introduce iOS 18. It is a huge release with incredible features, including new levels of customisation and capability, a redesigned Photos app, and powerful ways to stay connected with Messages. There are so many benefits for everyone.

“This release also marks the beginning of a tremendously exciting new era of personal intelligence with Apple Intelligence delivering intuitive, powerful, and instantly useful experiences that will transform the iPhone experience, all with privacy at the core. We can’t wait for users to experience it.”

You can read more about Apple’s iOS 18 update here. Apple has been approached for further comment.