#Apple's Latest #iOS Update Adds #Bluetooth #Privacy Against Sneaky #Apps

New York (The Verge) — Here’s why so many apps are asking to use Bluetooth on iOS 13 theverge.com/2019/9/19/2086….

Apple’s iOS 13 adds a new privacy measure that requires apps to get your consent in order to use your device’s Bluetooth. After installing the update, you’ll be astonished by the number of apps asking for Bluetooth permission the next time you open them.

You’ll see a Bluetooth request from stores and even fast food chains that might utilize beacons for in-store promotions or to help you find what you’re looking for in the right aisle. Other common cases include companion apps for your fitness tracker, Bluetooth headphones, or apps from camera companies. (Most recent cameras support syncing photos over Bluetooth.)

Apps that support Google’s Chromecast streaming platform often ask for Bluetooth access as well. While Chromecast streams content over Wi-Fi, the platform has a “guest mode” that makes it convenient for visitors to play videos or audio on your TV without having to know your home network password. But to find nearby Chromecasts for guest mode, these apps use Bluetooth. Thus the permission prompt. Google is now letting developers integrate Chromecast without guest mode to avoid the Bluetooth request altogether if they choose. Chris Welch/@verge

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