With iOS 16, Apple will take spam received via SMS more seriously

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iOS users are not spared SMS / MMS spam. The Cupertino company has decided to take the issue very seriously with iOS 16 by collaborating directly with North American operators.

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Apple intends to tackle spam even more seriously. The company had already embarked on this crusade with iOS 11 by launching an API that relied on a huge database to better detect unwanted messages sent to the iPhone. Since iOS 14, the company has been able to sort spam received via SMS into two categories: Transactions and Promotions.

The future iOS update unveiled during WWDC 2022 should add 12 new subcategories to filter them even more precisely. During the conference, the label did not specify whether all countries would be eligible for it. India, a nation heavily influenced by the phenomenon, was taken here as an example.

iOS 16 should offer many subcategories for classifying spam.

iOS 16 should offer many subcategories for classifying spam.

More efficient reporting

The website MacRygter clarifies that the reporting system will now make it possible to send the information directly to the operator. Previously, only Apple received it and the user had to forward that SMS to his operator via a four-digit number. However, you still need to block the number manually. So far, only a few operators in the US have been affected, but not all have been revealed.

Verizon should be among the affected US operators.

Verizon should be among the affected US operators.

Apple does not take up the subject at random. Engadget points out that spam via SMS is rising across the Atlantic. This is a gigantic data leak that comes from a hacking of the operator T-Mobile, but also from the multiplication of tools that allow mass sending of SMS.

In France, numbers like 33700 allow you to continue in the same way. We can therefore imagine that Apple will apply the same policy with the main French players in the future.

If you are not comfortable installing iOS 16 beta 2, the first public beta should be available in early July 2022. The final version should be available by the fall.

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