Apple’s decision to limit AirDrop usage to just 10 minutes has drawn criticism from Canada, where the House of Representatives has introduced a motion condemning the move in the country’s parliament.
Apple limited AirDrop’s ability to receive files from “everyone” to just 10 minutes before reverting to only receiving files from people in your contacts. This change was initially made in China, but is now rolling out to everyone. But the biggest concern is the switch in China.
problem of protesters
When Apple first rolled out the change, it was only in China. At the time, it was believed that this change was made to make it more difficult for people to spread anti-government posters to others. He was reportedly sending posters to people who used AirDrop and had iPhones set to allow AirDrop transfers, even to strangers.
The same feature changes are coming to the rest of the world when iOS 16.2 ships this week.
Well, Apple Insider (opens in new tab) Canadians were not happy with the move, saying it would “make it more difficult for protesters to circumvent authoritarian restrictions on communications.” “Other tech giants have long collaborated with the Chinese government on policies governing online content and communications.” As a result, “the House therefore condemns decisions by Apple and other tech giants for complicity in cracking down on peaceful protesters in China.”
China aside, this change can actually be seen as a positive. Reports of using AirDrop to send unwanted photos to unsuspecting people aren’t entirely uncommon, but many argue that letting people choose for themselves is the best option. increase.