iOS 14 will allow, among many other things, to change some types of predefined apps, including the browser. Those who prefer other navigation software instead of Safari, for example Google Chrome, will be able to make all the links open by default in those. Of course, Apple, which has always worked hard to ensure that the user experience always remains at the highest levels, has imposed limits and limits on web browsers that want to benefit from this new opportunity. The details have been illustrated extensively in a new support document, which anyone interested can read in full by following the link SOURCE at the bottom of the article; instead, below is a summary with the most important points:
- Browsers must meet certain benchmark scores – in other words, ensure adequate performance levels.
- They must guarantee a reasonable level of privacy for the user and ensure that he / she can adequately access internet resources.
- They must present a text field on the home page to enter a URL, search tools or a list of selected favorites / links.
- They must open the typed URLs directly – no proxies or redirects by default, unless parental controls and other restrictive tools with a specific purpose are active.
- They can display alert messages if they suspect that the website you are about to visit may be a phishing attempt or other online scam.
- They cannot secretly access your personal data, such as photos, location, HomeKit database and medical databases.
- They cannot control nearby Bluetooth devices when they are in the background.
There are also some specific rules for e-mail clients, but they are decidedly less numerous – mainly they say that it must be possible to send and receive messages from any valid address and that they can implement email control and verification systems, as long as they are controllable from the user.