iOS 6 Takes After a Windows Feature Apple Previously Mocked (Feat. a Classic Commercial)

With growing privacy concerns over applications taking advantage of the amount of data on a user’s iOS device, Apple has incorporated a new security prompts in the iOS 6 beta – an unoriginal and frankly bland  implementation for the company since we’ve seen such a similar feature before. Apple went as far to mock it in a television commercial when it was in Windows Vista, deja vu Applesoft WindOwS (okay, we admit that was harsh)?

According to MacRumors, users will be prompted by pop-up notifications asking users to grant an app permission to access Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, as well as Photos.

This comes on the heels of U.S. congressman asking Apple for improved data collection policies as apps such as LinkedIn have been found to share iOS calendar data to its servers. Apple will also follow a new California law that places privacy policies in more apparent places.

In an infamous Get a Mac ad starring Justin Long as suave Mac and John Hodgman as a bleak PC, Apple pokes fun at the various security prompts in Windows Vista. Ironic five years later?

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iOS 6 release notes:

In addition to location data, the system now asks the user’s permission before allowing third-party apps to access certain user data, including:

- Contacts
– Calendars
– Reminders
– Photo Library

For contact, calendar, and reminder data, your app needs to be prepared to be denied access to these items and to adjust its behavior accordingly. If the user has not yet been prompted to allow access, the returned structure is valid but contains no records. If the user has denied access, the app receives a NULL value or no data. If the user grants permission to the app, the system subsequently notifies the app that it needs to reload or revert the data.