Apple’s iCloud Private Relay to release in beta form


Apple will release its iCloud Private Relay feature initially as a beta along with the final release of iOS 15, iPadOS, and macOS Monterey later this year. As a result, when users upgrade their devices to the latest software when it releases, will be required to manually activate the ‘Private Relay’ feature.

Apple's Private Relay feature won't be available in China

iCloud Private Relay was introduced by Apple at its annual developers conference WWDC. It is a VPN-like feature which will help keep users secure on the internet. While it’s not a fool proof feature, it will definitely help slightly rather than not using any protection. It will actively disable third-party tracking of IP addresses of users, along with user location and any other identifiers.

Two separate relays to keep data private

The feature works by routing internet requests through two separate relays. It will send the internet requests through two entirely different entities which will not allow notorious data collectors to know any details of the user. As a result, the location of the user, IP address of the user, and all other details will be kept anonymous.

Apple's iCloud Private Relay to release in beta form
Apple’s iCloud Private Relay to release in beta form

The iCloud Private Relay system has been designed keeping in mind the current generation privacy issues in the world of internet. It adds an extra layer of security for people browsing on the internet using Apple’s own Safari web browser. It will also improve security in the case of insecure HTTP app traffic and DNS resolution queries. The feature will not work when users use other third-party web browsers such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Microsoft Edge.

When the new privacy protection features are released later this year, users can navigate to the iCloud option in the system settings to enable the feature. Apple is expected to release iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 in the coming weeks whereas macOS 15 Monterey is expected to release sometime next month. 


Abhay Ram

Abhay Ram is a News Editor at iLounge. He has been writing about the Apple ecosystem and accessories since 2010. Abhay's work has been featured in various publications. When he's not writing about all things Apple, you can find him playing video games or enjoying a good cup of coffee.