What you need to know
- The Gmail app on iOS is now warning users that it is out of date.
- Ironically, there is currently no update available for the app.
As reported by MacRumors, a number of Google's iOS apps have gone so long without an update now that they are even warning users that they are now out of date.
Ironically, the app does not have an update available even if a user wanted to update to avoid the security risks the message warns about.
Google is now telling users its apps are out of date (despite no updates being available)https://t.co/o7UXCzttfo pic.twitter.com/WXmAZ1Se4hGoogle is now telling users its apps are out of date (despite no updates being available)https://t.co/o7UXCzttfo pic.twitter.com/WXmAZ1Se4h— Spencer Dailey (@SpencerDailey) February 10, 2021February 10, 2021
As noted by the report, Google has not updated the Gmail app for iOS and iPadOS since December 1 and most of its iOS and iPadOS apps since December 7. It has been increasingly rumored that the company is holding off on updating its apps on the iPhone and iPad to avoid having to display the privacy information now required by Apple on the App Store.
That rumor was downplayed by Google when the company said, back at the beginning of January, that it would be adding the privacy labels to its apps within a week.
However, over two weeks after that statement, the apps have less of a privacy label and more of a warning not to use the app at all.
Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.
Who needs any more evidence that they should drop all things Google, this would do it. They can't conduct their type of business without deceiving users about how much Google robs them of their privacy.
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