Apple’s iCloud Private Relay will launch as a public beta feature when iOS 15, iPad OS 15 and Mac OS Monterey debut this fall, allowing users to manually access tools like VPN before use. Will need to be activated.
Release notes with the seventh iOS 15 beta released on Wednesday quietly state that the change in status will not affect the operating capacity of the private relay, although this feature will be disabled by default.
iCloud +, introduced at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in June as part of Apple’s premium cloud storage service, private relay routing Internet applications via two separate relays with IP address, user location and other details. Prevents tracking. Apple claims that Internet connections created for private relay use anonymous IP addresses that map the user’s area but do not reveal their exact location or identity.
This system is designed to add an extra layer of security to Safari web browsing, DNS resolution queries and unsafe HTTP app traffic. Third-party web browsers, such as Google’s Chrome and Mozilla’s Firefox, do not take advantage of this feature.
Apple is moving the private relay to public beta status to “collect additional feedback and improve website compatibility”.
New information added to iCloud Settings Menu Notes “[s]OM websites may have issues with private relay, including displaying content for the wrong area or “requiring additional steps to sign in.” Apple has an informative webpage to help developers, website operators and other organizations prepare for the private relay, although some beta testers encountered compatibility issues while browsing with the active feature.
When Apple’s next-generation operating systems are launched, users can activate the private relay by navigating to iCloud’s options in System Settings.
Apple is expected to release the iPhone 15, iPad OS 15 and Mac OS Monterey with new iPhone hardware in the coming weeks.