2020 was an atypical year for the Apple community, as an entire iOS 14 build was leaked months before the official announcement of WWDC 2020. This year, however, we only heard a few things about iOS 15 before WWDC, but there were no leaked builds, screenshots or even detailed details about its upcoming features.
As analyzed by 9to5Mac, this may be related to an internal change in iOS 15 that hides features from engineers that Apple has implemented to double secrecy.
Within the internal files of iOS 15 beta 1, each major feature introduced this year has a unique identifier (also known as a flag) associated with an “information requirement.”
To run an internal version of iOS, each employee must first install a special profile on the device – just as we do to download beta versions. However, each profile sent to employees determines which of these features to enable for each person working on new versions of iOS and possibly other Apple operating systems as well.
Presumably, the company will now use the same system to prevent features related to new hardware from also leaking in the future. While this certainly does not stop leaks, it may make it more difficult for more details to be shared with people outside of Apple at once.
As Tim Cook said back in 2012, it looks like Apple is finally trying to “double the product secret.”
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