Everything New in iOS 15.2: App Privacy Report and Auto Call Updates

Just a few days after releasing iOS 15.1 and iPadOS 15.1, Apple has seeded the first betas of iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 to developers for testing purposes, with the update adding promised iOS 15 features like App Privacy Report.

iOS 15

App Privacy Report

App Privacy Report is one of the ‌iOS 15‌ additions that Apple showed off at WWDC. It's a new privacy feature that's designed to allow users to see how often apps have accessed their sensitive info like location, photos, camera, microphone, and contacts across the last seven days.

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It's also set up to show which apps have contacted other domains and how recently they've contacted them so you can keep an eye on what apps are doing behind the scenes.

App Privacy Report is available by opening up the Settings app, selecting the Privacy section, and choosing App Privacy Report. From there, you can toggle it on. After you use apps for some time, data will begin showing up in this spot.

Emergency SOS

Auto Call, the feature that lets call emergency services with a series of button presses, has been updated in iOS 15.2. You can now press the side button rapidly multiple times to initiate, or hold down the side button and the volume button together.

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There's now a longer eight-second countdown before a call is placed, which is up from the prior three-second countdown.

Notification Summary

As noted on Reddit, Notification Summary has a new look with more of a card-style view that makes it easier to see at a glance what's included in the summary.

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Communication Safety

According to iOS 15.2 code, the update adds the Communication Safety feature that Apple announced earlier this year. Communication Safety is built into the Messages app on
iPhone, iPad, and Mac, and it will warn children and their parents when sexually explicit photos are received or sent from a child's device, with Apple using on-device machine learning to analyze image attachments.

Related Roundups: iOS 15, iPadOS 15
Related Forum: iOS 15

Top Rated Comments

Goldfrapp Avatar
6 weeks ago
Love all the privacy updates!

Make Zuck suck again
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nutmac Avatar
6 weeks ago

Will the app privacy report notify the CSAM usage? I am guessing not…
Sigh, Apple already said they are postponing CSAM. The project is very likely dead.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BootsWalking Avatar
6 weeks ago
We know the privacy stuff is working because companies like Snapchat and Facebook are reporting hits to their earnings. Keep it up Apple!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MauiPa Avatar
6 weeks ago

Searching for "People" still doesn't work in iOS 15.1 (if you sync from macOS over a lightning cable). iOS is beyond a joke at this point.
Seriously, searching for people works fine. I have never had a problem. Is this a joke?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nutmac Avatar
6 weeks ago
FYI, App Privacy Report taps into Record App Activity feature, which sucks up a LOT of battery. Perhaps iOS 15.2 optimized the feature to use less battery, but be aware.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
koil Avatar
6 weeks ago

Sigh, Apple already said they are postponing CSAM. The project is very likely dead.
Hope you're right, but I'll be staying on iOS 14 until they actually announce that.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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