With all the talk about Apple versus the FBI lately, it seems like less people are focused on the updates that iOS 9.3 will bring. Usually when system updates roll out people are quick to download and critique the latest version of iOS and begin making the list for what other improvements they expect on the next version. But this time, there are a few other important things to think about as we start paying attention to what's going on with our smartphones and exactly who has access to our information.
If you're not familiar with what's going on with the FBI and Apple currently, the tech giant is taking a stand against a request from the U.S. government to create software that would give the FBI access to an iPhone through a sort of "back door." Apple has worked with officials previously and has stepped up when they were able to help with things like searching for missing Malaysian Flight 370, but this time the request has future implications that could cause harm to everyday people. The phone that the FBI wants to break into is the iPhone 5c of one of the San Bernadino shooters. The case has become well known amongst people because the need to find ways to combat terrorism is such an urgent plea from victims around the world.
So amidst all this Apple will be presumably rolling out new products at their March 21st event and also iOS 9.3 which features an update that goes right in line with the privacy theme. According to Reddit user MaGNeTiX, the latest beta version of iOS 9.3 will let you know if your phone is being watched. Yep, a label comes up on the display screen that lets you know that your device is being supervised or managed by your organization. As of right now, there is not a designated way to turn this off, especially if your employer or organization provides the device, but it does let people know that someone is watching their activity.
Your device can be located and your internet history can be tracked, so your boss will know exactly where you were for that 2 hour lunch and what cat videos you've been searching online in your spare time. While this type of surveillance has been going on for some time, especially with devices that organizations give to employees to use for work, now Apple is giving you a heads up that you're being watched.