iOS 15.2 beta enables Communication Safety feature in Messages

Earlier this year, Apple debuted what it calls Expanded Protections for Children. It's a suite of features that are baked into Apple's software, including iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. The goal is to help protect children from abuse, among other child safety endeavors. With the first iOS 15.2 beta hinted at one of the feature's return, it looks like that will indeed be happening with the public launch.

Apple to dial back mask mandates in many U.S. stores

Well, that was fast. After reinstating a mask mandate for its employees and in-store customers in July of this year, the company has decided that, in some states, that rule no longer has to be in place. According to a new report, beginning this week, Apple will start to dial back mask mandates for in-store visits.

Apple’s Communication Safety feature is back with the iOS 15.2 beta

Earlier this year, Apple unveiled a suite of new features it packaged in something it called Expanded Protections for Children. There were three new features total, but, at the time, one of them raised a lot of concerns regarding a potential breakdown of privacy. Following a lot of backlash and commentary, Apple decided to delay the features -- but it looks like one of them is making a comeback.

AI home gym Tempo now offers Apple Watch integration

If you've tried out Apple Fitness+, but haven't fallen in love with it despite the Apple Watch integration, how about another option? The online gym Tempo, which utilizes artificial intelligence to build a fitness program for users, has just announced it's one alternative if you're thinking about exploring a third-party option.

Apple delays rollout of its child safety features, including the CSAM detection system

Back in August, with about as little fanfare as possible, Apple announced a trio of new features coming to iOS 15, iPadOS 15, macOS 12 Monterey, and watchOS 8. There are three in total, each of which fall under the company's new, concerted efforts to help protect against child abuse and sexual exploitation. And while the features were seen as a positive move in general, when it came to the specifics of one of the new features, there was a lot of pushback. And apparently it worked.