An iMessage verification mechanism may be one of the first discovered feature updates in iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6, and it may help prevent governmental entities from listening in on critics’ discussions. Apple added a variety of security measures in December 2022 to assist safeguard the private information of its users in iCloud and iMessage. After several months, Apple appears to be getting ready to launch one of the features in iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6‘s first beta versions. A setting to enable iMessage Contact Key is included in the first developer beta of the new cycle. Although the setting is there in the beta, it doesn’t appear that it has been activated in iOS, suggesting that it will soon be available.
These features target users who confront what Apple refers to as extraordinary digital threats and function as an addition to the end-to-end encryption already present in iMessage. This is a reference to the possibility of attempts to circumvent Apple’s security and listen in on messaging chats against journalists, human rights advocates, and government officials. A user can confirm they are messaging exclusively with the intended recipient and are not being interrupted by extraneous forces by using the Contact Key Verification tool. Users can compare Contact Verification Codes with one another in person, over FaceTime, or through other secure connections for enhanced security.
Nevertheless, there is bad news for individuals who have already installed the most recent updates amid the encouraging improvements. These updated software versions unintentionally made Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter adapter incompatible. This dongle is an essential tool for simultaneously charging iPhones and iPads and connecting USB-A devices to them. Even while Apple generally promotes the device as a camera adapter, it has much more uses than just importing pictures and videos. Users of the iPhone and iPad now have access to a wider range of possibilities thanks to the Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter’s ability to connect USB-A accessories. Numerous workflows have been affected by this unanticipated compatibility breakdown, leaving customers looking for alternatives.