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New Apple update stirs controversy for ‘cheater’s’ feature

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Apple has launched its brand new iOS 18 update, introducing a swathe of new features for more than a billion iPhone users, but one has stirred more controversy than the rest.

EFTM editor Trevor Long says Apple’s newly launched AI tools won’t threaten Samsung as they have already implemented similar features.

The tech giant unveiled Apple Intelligence at the Worldwide Developer Conference on Tuesday morning.

It will offer Apple users the ability to rewrite and summarise text, create cartoon-style images, and edit photos, among other features.

“Samsung has already had all a lot of these AI features like rewriting emails, rewriting text messages, all of these things you’ve been able to do on an iPhone,” Mr Long told Sky News Australia.

“Samsung will be laughing because they’ve been doing that now for six months, a year.”

The iOS 18 update, which is currently in beta testing and will be available on the iPhone XS and later, is set to launch sometime this spring (or ‘fall’ in the US).

The new update has already set social media alight with anticipation as one of the main attractions is Apple’s partnership with OpenAI, whose product ChatGPT will be integrated with the tech giant’s Siri and its systemwide Writing Tools.

Apple Intelligence, which is dubbed the “personal intelligence system” for iPhone, iPad and Mac users, will combine the power of generative models in a “personal context”.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi greet attendees at the start of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 10. Picture: Justin Sullivan/ Getty Images via AFP

In an Apple press release, the tech company unveiled the huge overhaul of its operating system as being “deeply integrated” and would allow users to harness intelligence which is “incredibly useful and relevant”.

“It harnesses the power of Apple silicon to understand and create language and images, take action across apps, and draw from personal context, to simplify and accelerate everyday tasks,” Apple said in its statement.

Elon Musk posted on his platform X it was “patently absurd” Apple was not “smart enough” to make their own AI system.

Among the many new updates, interface customisation will be improved, control switches on the lock screen can now be changed, new iMessage text effects to spruce up conversations and a new Passwords app will be introduced.

But another feature has turned heads and has since been dubbed a “cheater’s paradise” as Apple will introduce new privacy features designed to “empower users”.

One such feature allows users to hide an app, with the option to move it to a locked, hidden apps folder.

Another feature has turned heads and has since been dubbed a “cheater’s paradise”. Picture: Apple

A new feature allows users to hide an app, with the option to move it to a locked, hidden apps folder. Picture: Apple

“When an app is locked or hidden, content like messages or emails inside the app are hidden from search, notifications, and other places across the system,” Apple said.

Apps can be locked with Face ID, Touch ID, or the device passcode and once locked information cannot be searched or accessed without authorisation.

When a user opts to hide an app, they are presented with the alert that the app will no longer be visible except in a few places such as Settings.

The app icon will be obscured on the Home Screen, and the locked folder will also be obscured. On Apple’s press release, a screenshot of the hidden folder feature shows the apps appearing to be blocked out as grey boxes which offer no hint as to what colour or icon the app displays are.

Additionally, there will be no notifications or calls from hidden apps which would blow one’s cover.

Users have taken to social media to discuss the update, with many wondering when the new operating system will become available.

One user described the new app lock feature as “sneaky”, with many anticipating the ease in which some iPhone might exploit it to hide dating apps.

“On the apple update you can hide and lock apps, and they won’t even come up if you search words in the search bar. Apple is a cheater’s paradise,” another user wrote.

Meanwhile, many Android customers jibed iPhone users, explaining they already had similar features for some time.

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