Apple VPN - a logical feature for Apple One or iCloud +?

Will there be a VPN with Apple One?

There's no question that Apple has made privacy and security a big priority for its users. Last but not least, security for iPhone users is also one of the main arguments with which Apple wants to maintain its app store constraint and prevent sideloading of apps from other sources.

Sandboxing is part of the security concept

The bottom line is that no iPhone is safe from hackers. Sandboxing in iOS offers good protection for locking apps in a container and preventing them from accessing the data of other apps or parts of the operating system, but that by no means protects against all attacks.

Prominent example: the Pegasus hack

In 2021, an iPhone vulnerability made headlines far more often than any other - known by name as "Pegasus". The name comes from the malware, which aims to compromise the iPhone and then monitor it completely - without the user noticing, of course.

In the real Pegasus hack, unfortunately, no horse appears on your iPhone, but it is monitored completely invisible to normal users (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

In the real Pegasus hack, unfortunately, no horse appears on your iPhone, but it is monitored completely invisible to normal users (Photo: Sir Apfelot).

Why is a VPN interesting for Apple here?

The ways in which the iPhone has been attacked in recent years has been through either special iMessage messages or websites. Basically, security gaps in the browser or in the news app were always exploited to bypass the security restrictions of the operating system.

A VPN - that is, a virtual, private network - could mean another level of security for Apple, because it would allow Apple to monitor data traffic and, among other things, directly block calls to websites that distribute malware or viruses. If a gateway were known, Apple could protect all iPhones that use the VPN with a brief adjustment to their VPN - even without updating iOS or without user intervention.

In fact, some are already using it virtual private networks this possibility and offer their customers features such as anti-virus filters and the like with the VPN.

With the privacy relay feature of iOS 15 you can hide your IP address, but you don't get as comprehensive protection as is possible with a VPN.

With the privacy relay feature of iOS 15 you can hide your IP address, but you don't get as comprehensive protection as is possible with a VPN.

Short inset: iCloud + Privacy Relay is not a VPN

Even if many people wrongly portray it that way, a real VPN is technically very different from the anti-tracking feature "PrivacyRelay“, The Apple in iCloud + offering.

I would like to explain why it is different in a separate article, but if you want real anonymity over all network connections on your device, you cannot avoid a VPN. At this point also a reading tip that shows how to do it Prevent tracking on the internet can.

From my point of view there will probably be no VPN with Apple One or iCloiud + - but I like to be surprised.

From my point of view, there will probably be no VPN with Apple One or iCloud + - but I like to be surprised.

Why there won't be a VPN from Apple in Apple One or iCloud +

Apple leaves no doubt that they do not want to have access to the data on the iPhone. So you can generate a recovery key for your Apple ID, whereby the option ensures that not even Apple can repeat this account if you forget your Apple ID. Also the Refused to work with the FBI in 2016, in which Apple objected to unlocking a criminal's iPhone, sent a clear signal of the importance of data protection to Apple.

The following statement by Tim Cook also hits the same line:

You are not our product. Our products are iPhones and iPads. We value your data. We want to help you keep it safe.
- Tim Cook

With the introduction of a VPN service, Apple would take a step in the other direction, because as a VPN provider you can of course also record and evaluate the data traffic of the users. This is not something Apple is interested in in principle, but it would mean that the CIA, NSA and other agencies with a certain interest in the surveillance of citizens would again have a single point of contact for all iPhones in one fell swoop -To be able to "tap" users.

So I don't think Apple will include a VPN in Apple One or iCloud + by default. How do you see the topic? Do you think it would be an advantage if Apple offered its own VPN? Or would it be more of a dangerous move that endangers users' data?

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