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IOS 13: The changes Apple cause problems to the app private messaging

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Published on Sep 06, 2019

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iOS 13: The changes Apple cause problems to the app private messaging

Apple's iOS, 13 have introduced a change that restricts the practices of collection of data by using the API VoIP, with consequences for the messaging app like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

According to a new report by The Information, the producers of the messaging apps that are encrypted such as Signal, Wickr, Threema and Wire are in the process of reviewing their software to protect the privacy feature key that you believe may be compromised by the changes.

In a statement to The Information, a spokesman of Apple said that Apple is working with developers to alleviate their concerns.

“We have listened to feedback about the changes to API introduced in iOS 13, to further protect the privacy of users and we are working closely with iOS developers to help them implement their feature requests.”

Julia Weiss, a spokesman for Threema, said that the changes Apple may actually result in the opposite of the objectives of privacy concerns that the changes would have had to reach”.

What Apple is doing is limiting the API PushKit is designed to be used for VoIP calls, but in the time it has been used also for other purposes, such as data collection and, in the case of the messaging app, the encryption. In iOS 13, the API PushKit is limited to Internet calls, with Apple that it eliminates other uses.

The messaging app encrypted we currently use the API to VoIP, that Apple is limiting for the decryption of the messages on the iPhone in the background, and the change disables this feature.

App developers will be able to circumvent the changes Apple, but Tom Leavy, a vice president of the messaging app encrypted Wickr, said that it is a “remarkable effort of engineering” that was unexpected. It is said that the producers of the messaging app encrypted are exploring “alternative means” in iOS for this to work, but they are said to be “well below” the option PushKit existing.

Apple is allowing app developers until April 2020 in order to comply with changes to the API PushKit, but developers wishing to update their app for iOS 13, and take advantage of the new features must follow the restrictions PushKit before.

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