What you need to know
- Apple has begun to ask iOS 15 users to allow the App Store and other apps to offer personalized ads.
- An unskippable message appears when people enter the App Store.
The request, which cannot be skipped, appears when people open the App Store on devices running iOS 15. The message began to appear to users today and doesn't appear to be limited by geography.
Apple is throwing this screen at people when they open the App Store on iOS 15 and that’s a thing that now happens.
At least Apple is asking, I guess. pic.twitter.com/woXNdteqBRApple is throwing this screen at people when they open the App Store on iOS 15 and that’s a thing that now happens.
At least Apple is asking, I guess. pic.twitter.com/woXNdteqBR— Oliver Haslam (@OliverJHaslam) September 2, 2021September 2, 2021
Apple goes on to point out that it "does not track you or share your personal information with any third parties."
Apple already requires that all apps in the App Store make a similar request before they can provide personalized ads of their own, something that has caused quite the kerfuffle. Facebook and ad agencies were keen to suggest that preventing users from being tracked from app to app without their permission would break small businesses around the world — although whether that has happened to date is unclear. Research does suggest a drop in ad spending, however.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment on today's App Store message.
An iMore poll from April suggested that just 2% of users would allow apps to track them in order to provide personalized ads. It remains to be seen how that number changes in this instance given the fact it's Apple asking for permission.
Privacy is sometimes seen as the best iPhone feature by some. Recent CSAM announcements have caused some concerns that Apple's privacy stance isn't as strong as it once was, however.
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Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.