Today, Apple released iOS 16.1.1 to all users. While the release notes for the update don’t say anything about new features or major changes, there is an important note coming for users in China. There, Apple is changing how the “Everyone” option works in AirDrop, which will not be enabled for more than 10 minutes.
AirDrop now has a time limit in China
As noted before 9to5Mac Readers, today’s update adds a time limit when a user chooses to enable AirDrop for everyone, not just contacts. With this change, people in China can no longer keep AirDrop on for everyone, including unknown users, for an unlimited time.
The change to how AirDrop works is included in both iOS 16.1.1 and iOS 16.2 beta 2, both of which were released today for users and developers. Our readers have also noted that this restriction is hardware-based rather than software-based. This means that only iPhone models purchased in mainland China are affected by the update.
This isn’t the first time Apple has implemented restrictions on iOS based on the device model. For example, the Taiwan flag emoji is not available on iPhones sold in China. Apple also uses the same method to limit the volume of its devices in European Union countries, as required by law.
However, when it comes to AirDrop, it’s unclear why Apple decided to select the “Everyone” option for 10 minutes. Some people speculate that the Chinese regulator asked Apple to update iOS in an effort to prevent anonymous people from posting malicious content and anti-government material.
Whatever the reason, the new option seems totally smart. Personally, I would really like to have it on my iPhone. Sometimes I have to share something via AirDrop with someone who is not in my contact list. However, I often forget to limit AirDrop to my contacts afterwards. As a result, other people can send unwanted content to my device.
What do you think of this? Would you like to see this new option available to everyone? Let us know in the comments section below.
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