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New iOS Update Tells You When Your iPhone Apps Are Listening Or Watching You

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New iOS Update Tells You When Your iPhone Apps Are Listening Or Watching You

If you've ever worried when things you've been talking about in a room full of pals is now showing up as an advert - you can rest a little easier because Apple's new iOS update is here to solve any panic.

In the latest update, there will be a 'warning dot' that appears at the top of your phone which will indicate whenever your microphone or camera is activated by an app.

You can look for this dot. Credit: Apple
You can look for this dot. Credit: Apple

As well as this orange dot showing up, you will also be able to get privacy information on the App Store to help you understand the privacy practices of every app before you download it.

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Regarding the orange coloured dot, on their iOS 14 update, Apple wrote: "An indicator appears at the top of your screen whenever an app is using your microphone or camera. And in Control Center, you can see if an app has used them recently."

You will then be able to check the app's permissions in Settings and can deny apps access to your microphone or camera - or you can just delete the app altogether.

Apple wrote: "Privacy is a fundamental human right and at the core of everything we do. That's why with iOS 14, we're giving you more control over the data you share and more transparency into how it's used."

Credit: Apple
Credit: Apple
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This won't be the only change. You can now keep watching videos or continue to FaceTime call people while using another app.

You'll be able to travel easier - well that's if you have a bike - because cycling directions will be available using bike lanes, paths and roads. You'll also be able to see elevation, busy streets, stairs, and steep passages when planning your trip. In other words - routes to avoid.

As well as this, Apple Maps editors have worked with trusted brands and partners to offer Guides for great places around the world to eat, shop, and explore. You can save Guides, and they automatically update when new places are added, so you always have the latest recommendations.

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Credit: Apple
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If you're a keen traveller but aren't so fond on picking up languages, instead of consistently going on to Google Translate (we still love ya), you will be able to use the Translate app which has been designed across 11 different languages.

All you'll need to do is simply turn your phone to landscape and tap the microphone button to say something. You can then save translations in the Favourites tab for easy access... *Ahem* "Two beers, please".

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Topics: Entertainment, Technology, iPhone

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