When Apple releases iOS 14 to users around the globe, likely next month, it will add a new feature that allows users to control how precise the location data that apps receive is. Users can choose either to allow them to see their exact GPS location, or a less precise, area-based one.
Apps often ask for our location but the accuracy they require will differ depending on the type of app being used.
Waze, for example, needs to know exactly where you are so it can offer turn-by-turn navigation. Weather apps, however, just need to know your rough location so they know whether it’s going to rain or not.
When an app asks for location data on iOS 14, users can decide whether to allow precise location data to be shared, or not. They can also change it after the fact by heading into the Settings app, followed by Privacy > Location Services. Every app that has access to a user’s location is present.
This all comes on top of the other changes that allow users to decide whether an app gets access to their location all the time, or just on one occasion.
That can be be handy for those times where you need to allow an app to pinpoint where you are, but would rather that it didn’t have that access every time you use it.
Apple is likely to announce iOS 14, alongside iPadOS 14, watchOS 7, tvOS 14, and macOS 11 Big Sur next month.
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