Tuesday, Sep 20, 2022, 16:25 iOS: Software

iOS 16 – New Copy & Paste Permission Function Annoys iPhone Users, Contrary To Apple's Intentions

In March 2020, security researchers discovered that countless apps, including some quite trendy ones, were snooping around in the clipboard on iPhones and iPads. Apple reacted in iOS 14 by issuing warning messages during cases of clipboard access unauthorized by the user. iOS 15 took things even further and introduced a "Secure Paste" function. When developers use this feature in their apps, iPhone and iPad users must approve of pasting content into other apps. This essentially meant that users would no longer receive annoying pop-up messages when copying content from one app and pasting it to another and that developers wouldn't have access to clipboard information from other apps before being pasted into their own app.

Pasting From The Clipboard Now Only With Permission
iOS 16 has taken the matter even more seriously. After updating to the most current, publicly released version, the iPhone's operating system will now always ask users for permission when clipboard content from one app is pasted into another. The corresponding pop-up, which Cupertino's smartphone users will need to authorize, now appears every time. It's also impossible to deactivate this function – to quite the annoyance of many iPhone users on forums and comment threads online. One MacRumors reader named Kheran even went so far as to complain to Apple CEO Tim Cook and Senior VP of Hardware Engineering Craig Federighi, asking for help as quickly as possible.

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Apple To Find Source Of Unintentional Annoyance
According to the Californian company, the aforementioned behavior is not actually intentional. The answer comes from Apple Manager Ron Huang in response to a complaint mail. The pop-up is not supposed to appear every time users copy content from one app and paste it into another. Apple will respond to the issue and investigate the source. As per Huang, the error didn't appear during Apple's own internal testing of the operating system. Kheran, however, isn't the only user to have been affected. The manager found the recommendation for users to be able to activate and deactivate pop-ups for individual apps to be a good one. Whether or not such a solution or a complete fix to the problem will be present with iOS 16.1 remains to be seen.

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