The iPhone versus Android debate seems like never ending. And one may debate that Android phones tend to get new features quicker than iPhones, costs very less for the kind of hardware you get and overall, Android helped smartphones reach masses. But for Apple, the iPhone has changed with the new iOS 14 (and above) software updates. Apart from cool features, the core focus of Apple has been b batting for user privacy and providing clarity to users as to how their data gets used by internet companies. This is something Android is yet to play catch up. Also, most Android phones are becoming a hub to show pop-up ads and new app suggestions. So, here are six new features that make using an iPhone different from an Android smartphone.
All iPhone apps are required to clearly reveal what data gets collected and if it is linked to you or not
After December 2020, all iPhone apps are required to reveal their privacy practices and what data it collects. Well, while an Android app also asks for permissions and reveals privacy details what it doesn’t tell you is whether or not the app is creating your digital profile for ads by linking your personal data. Apple has started to provide this information with a new App Store update.
Mostly relevant apps can be found on App Store and not clickbaits or clone apps
It is very common to see clone apps on Android or simply ‘clickbait apps’- that claim some and do something else. On the iPhone, Apple has made it mandatory that an app must accurately inform users about what it is all about and the core experience before users are lured to download it. This will help users stay away from clickbaits and downloading useless apps.
You can prevent apps from learning your online activities on the iPhone
Apple iPhone lets you know instantly if an app secretly opened the mic or camera
The moment any iOS app accesses the mic or camera, the iPhone alerts you with a yellow or green notification dot. This is done to prevent spy apps from secretly recording your movements.
Apple iPhone lets you know if any malware is trying to copy-paste your passwords
The iPhone instantly lets you know if an app secretly accessed your clipboard or not. For example, most people tend to copy passwords or account ID on their phones. So, malware and spyware tends to secretly access your clipboard to steal them. Apple immediately notifies if some app accessed the clipboard secretly.
You can run iOS apps by providing bare minimum access permissions
Apple through its developer policies have ensured that only permissions that are absolutely necessary for the functioning of the app is taken. While Android has also become strict but it is not uncommon to see random apps asking for contact book permissions to function.