Apple denies allegations of circumventing users’ privacy controls

Now, however, the iPhone maker has claimed that no apps have exploited the flaw

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Tech giant Apple has dismissed accusations of bypassing users’ privacy controls, saying it fixed a potential privacy vulnerability with iOS 16.3 and other updates.

Earlier this month, a report mentioned that Apple Maps contained a security flaw that could have allowed an app to bypass a user’s privacy settings, AppleInsider reports. Now, however, the iPhone maker has claimed that no apps have exploited the flaw.

“Last week we issued an advisory for a privacy vulnerability that could only be exploited by unsandboxed apps on macOS. The codebase we fixed is shared between iOS and iPadOS, tvOS and watchOS, so the fix and the recommendation have been pushed to the operator systems, although they have never been compromised,” Apple was quoted as saying.

“One report also incorrectly suggested that an iOS app exploited this or another vulnerability to bypass user control over location data,” he added. The company further mentioned that it investigated the allegation, which concluded that the “app does not bypass user control through any mechanism.”

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It was also previously reported that Apple will bring health and wellness experiences to its upcoming augmented reality (AR) mixed reality (MR) headset.

The iPhone maker has yet to announce its MR devices, but the first is expected to launch later this year.

Meanwhile, it has been reported that the tech giant is developing software that will offer users an easier way to create their own AR applications on its upcoming MR headset.

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