iPhone users convinced ‘suspicious’ Apple update is ‘made for scammers’
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iPhone users convinced ‘suspicious’ Apple update is ‘made for scammers’

Apple yesterday unveiled the long-awaited iOS 18 update, which includes a number of exciting new features. However, one privacy update has raised eyebrows online, with some claiming it will help those who are unfaithful

Apple’s new update has sparked debate online – with some calling it a “cheatman’s paradise” (stock photo)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Apple took a look at its new iOS 18 software and it smells of infidelity…

The tech giant announced some of the new features that iPhone* users will be able to enjoy later this year at the WorldWide Developers Conference yesterday. This includes the sharing of phone call transcripts, new photo editing capabilities, and the ability to customize your home screen like never before.

iMessages has also been refreshed, adding a new option to schedule messages for a specific time and reply to texts with any emoji or sticker. However, a new privacy feature aimed at “user empowerment” has come under fire, with some labeling it a “fraudster’s paradise.”

In a press release, Apple said iOS18 will provide “peace of mind” for users who want to keep their information, including certain apps and notifications, private. It added: “Users can now lock the app, and for added privacy, they can hide the app by moving it to the locked, hidden app folder.

“When an app is locked or hidden, content such as messages and emails in the app is hidden from search, notifications, and other places on the system.” The update may be well received by those looking to add an extra layer of protection to their banking apps, but some believe it could be misused.

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On X (formerly Twitter), a large portion of iPhone users argued that the privacy update would make it easier for people to be unfaithful to their partners. “In Apple’s update, you can hide and block apps, and they won’t even show up if you type the word in the search bar. Apple is a paradise for fraudsters. This is sick,” one person raged.

Another agreed, commenting: “Oh no, with the new iOS update they are helping scammers cheat. Stay safe out there.” A third added: “IOS provides more ways to cheat with each update.”