In iOS 15.2 beta 2, it has been discovered that Apple has included a new “Items that can track me” feature in Find My app and Legacy Contacts. Recently, the company seeded iOS 15.2 beta 2 to developers with features like Messages Communication Safety, Hide My Email, and in Safari 15 and 15.1, sync storage for Safari Web Extensions is not written into the local storage area.
iOS 15.2 will allow AirTag owners to find suspicious trackers and give family members access to deceased users’ contacts
AirTag is Apple’s electronic tracker which allows them to locate easily lost or valuable items like handbags, keys, laptops, and iPads with Find My support. AirTags have been helpful for several users in locating their stolen items like motor scooters and bikes, even after days. However, a major concern with AirTag is that the tracker can be used to stalk unsuspecting individuals.
As a resolution of the issue, Apple has introduced a new “Items That Can Track Me” option in the Find My app. Spotted by MacRumors, the new feature allows users to search for nearby unknown items or AirTags which might be tracking their location.
Previously, as anti-stalking features, Apple changed the audio alarm of an AirTag from 3 days to 8 to 24 hours, play a sound when the tracker is separated from the owner to detect an unknown tracker, and launched an app for Android devices so users can detect a suspicious AirTag traveling with them.
Furthermore, iOS 15.2 beta 2 also includes the delayed Legacy Contacts feature which was announced at WWDC 2021 event. The new Digital Legacy feature will give access to account holders’ personal information like photos, Notes, Contacts, and more to their designated people in the event of their death. But details of saved credit cards and passwords will not be shared. As iPhones are protected by passcodes or FaceID authentication, it becomes difficult for family members to access personal information at the time of users’ death.