With the iOS 15 update, Apple is launching a new program called Digital Legacy. This feature allows iPhone users to select a handful of contacts that will be allowed to access their personal data after their death. The chosen loved ones will get access to your iCloud photos and videos, and more broadly, all the information related to your Apple account.
True to its usual calendar, Apple unveiled the new features of iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monterey at the opening conference of WWDC 2021. The Cupertino giant announced an improved Do Not Disturb mode called Focus, a revised Safari, an offline Siri, a new Weather app and a SharePlay option.
During another WWDC online conference, Apple announced the arrival of the Digital Legacy program. This service, still under development, will allow Apple device users to design trusted contacts who will be able to access their data after their death. Via the settings, you can add several people you trust.
HOW DOES THE DIGITAL LEGACY PROGRAM OF IOS 15 WORK?
Until now, it was very complicated, and often impossible, to access the data stored on an iPhone, Mac or iPad after the death of its owner. Despite the presentation of a death certificate, Apple firmly refuses to unlock a device.
This program aims to make life easier for loved ones after a death. Contacts designated by the deceased during their lifetime will have access to a large part of your personal data, such as photos, videos or files. The contact can even restore data from an iCloud backup on another device. To obtain access, the “heir” contacts will have to apply. This application will be examined in detail by Apple.
However, some data will remain inaccessible. Not surprisingly, passwords and identifiers stored in the iCloud keychain and credit card numbers stored on the deceased’s Apple devices will not be disclosed.
In the same vein, Apple will allow you to create recovery contacts in case your iCloud password is forgotten. This feature will be rolled out with the iOS 15 update sometime next fall.