iOS 8 Tidbits: Randomized MAC Addresses, Safari Credit Card Scanning, Indoor Mapping, and More

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    With iOS 8 installed on thousands of developer devices, details about the operating system continue to leak out. We covered quite a few new iOS 8 features listed during the keynote by Apple, including battery usage by app, and then followed that up with even more iOS 8 tweaks and changes, such as time-lapse mode, Messages improvements, WiFi calling, and grayscale mode.

    Pulling from an extensive list maintained by our forum members and other iOS 8 users on Twitter and the web, we've catalogued even more improvements to the operating system below.

    Randomized MAC addresses - iOS randomizes the MAC addresses of iOS devices when scanning for WiFi networks, which makes it more difficult for companies to track and gather location data on a customer. Each iOS device has a unique MAC address, which could previously be used for location tracking and data collection via WiFi scanning. iOS 8 will use random, locally administered MAC addresses that "may not always be the device's real (universal) address."

    Safari credit card scanning - In iOS 8, Safari can utilize the camera to scan in credit card numbers when making online purchases, a faster alternative than manually entering a credit card number. Currently, this scanning function is available in the App Store to scan in iTunes Cards, and the credit card scan functions in the same way.

    Photos in the Notes app - Photos can be inserted into the Notes app from the Photos app for the first time in iOS 8.

    Hide images from Photos app - Images in the Photos app can now be hidden from the Moments, Collections, and Years view in the Photos app. Holding a finger on a photo will bring up an options menu and selecting "Hide" will keep it from being visible in those sections. Hidden photos are still visible in the albums view, however, in new "Hidden" album.

    Background location notifications - iOS 8 has new popups that will notify users of apps that access Location information while running in the background. The popup asks users if they want to continue to allow the apps to access the information or turn it off, giving users more information on apps that could potentially be using a lot of battery life. There are also more Location Services options in the Settings menu and more options per app, for more control over how Location is used.

    iTunes Radio Control Center - When playing a song on iTunes Radio, the Control Center will now offer a "Buy" button to give users a quick way to purchase a song.

    Indoor Mapping - iOS 8 adds the M7 processor and iPhone motion sensors to the CoreLocation API, allowing venue owners to create indoor positioning systems. In use at San Francisco's California Academy of Sciences, the Westfield Center in San Francisco, and the San Jose Airport, the system can be used to display floor number or direct users to points of interest.

    Keep up with all of the new changes introduced in iOS 8 on our forums, where our readers are discussing and sharing feature enhancements and tweaks in the "iOS 8, All The Little Things" thread.

    Article Link: iOS 8 Tidbits: Randomized MAC Addresses, Safari Credit Card Scanning, Indoor Mapping, and More
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 14, 2008
    Will MAC address randomization mess up people who have MAC filtering on their wireless networks? Is it required?
  3. macrumors 6502

    Apr 8, 2009
    Mac Swtiching - "Please use iBeacons"


    I would assume there's a "trust this network with my unique device ID" option under wifi? That would make some sense.
  4. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    I think it's only when you're not connected (scanning) for a network. When you connect it uses the proper MAC address.
  5. macrumors regular


    Jun 9, 2013
  6. Brian Y, Jun 9, 2014
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2014

    macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    <Removing this post, since people are still replying to it 3 pages later instead of reading the topic>
  7. macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    The "hide images from photos app" seems a bit odd. Why would anybody want to hide the pictures they are—oh, wait…
  8. macrumors member


    May 23, 2010
    On an active volcano
    My favorite app is the "Bug Reporter". I been using this app like crazy! It makes reporting issues super easy! LOVE IT!:cool::apple:
  9. macrumors member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Hopefully the Beats acquisition will quickly turn the music division around. That buy button in the control panel looks hideous.
  10. macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2011
    San Francisco, California
    I don't want to accidentally hit "BUY" in iTunes Radio control center. I'm sure I'll still need to confirm, but it will probably switch over to the iTunes Store app and I'll have to home out of that. Sounds annoying.
  11. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    It's more for privacy than anything. From what I understand, it's only for when the device is scanning for new wifi to connect to. When you actually connect (or have already connected) the real MAC address is used just as always.
  12. mbh
    macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2002
    This is a privacy issue, not a security issue. And I'm sure you'll still be able to connect to your networks. Give Apple a little credit.
  13. macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2013
    At least it's better than doing it from the website. I don't know how many times I've had it time out on me without warning...
  14. macrumors 65816

    Oct 5, 2011
    San Francisco, California
    From what I read elsewhere, the fake MAC addresses are just for when you're walking around, not on and not attempting to get on wifi.
    " When iOS 8 devices look for a connection, they randomize that address, effectively disguising any trace of the real device until it decides to connect to a network."

    So once you actively try to connect to a network, this spoofing is disabled. Unless I am understanding this wrong also?
  15. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    MAC randomization, clear/simple app permission management, DuckDuckGo, double-checking that you want to be tracked, strict sandboxing of apps and extensions... security and privacy really are king at Apple. How's Android innovation doing on that front? :p

    With iOS 8, we have our cake and eat it too: the flexibility and extensibility that Android crammed in first (with too little regard for safety) but done carefully and correctly, built on a deep security architecture. There's no "band-aid" Google can invent to bring that kind of safety and privacy to Android. But privacy isn't really Google's core mission...
  16. macrumors 603

    Dec 11, 2006
    It's only when you aren't connected and scanning for available networks. Once you go to connect, it will provide the real MAC address.
  17. macrumors regular

    Jun 19, 2012
    I'm still not able to find any definitive information on whether or not the iPhone also randomizes Bluetooth MAC addresses. If anybody has information on that, please share.
  18. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    Hide images from photos app, I wonder if this would hide the images from photostream. I can only think of naughty purposes as to why you want to hide images :D
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2003
    I can see grocery stores making use of the indoor mapping feature. I don't know how many times I wish I could pull up maps to find the tomato sause when my wife sends me to the store.
  20. macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2014
  21. macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    I know that in Chrome, using a new search engine is trivial. You type in the URL of the search engine's main page and bam, that's your search engine in Chrome. With Safari on the desktop, on the other hand, I had to install a plugin to get DuckDuckGo working.

    I haven't used an Android device in ~19 months, so I couldn't say how they're doing on the other fronts right now.
  22. macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2014
    Hamburg, NY

    Still seems useless to me as they aren't gone, but just hidden in one view
  23. macrumors 6502


    Apr 17, 2011

    Randomized MAC addresses will stop all those nefarious wi-fi customer tracking systems from working properly on a randomized MAC device.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2012
    Background location notifications.

    Re. this feature, I read the Apple presentation on this sub topic and in future, these specific app badges for permissions will (have to?) display the reason why the app is requesting permission. Debs are encouraged to request only those permissions truly needed by the app to do its job.
  25. macrumors 68020

    Cuban Missles

    Dec 6, 2012
    My heart is in Camagüey, the rest in the USA
    This alone is why I will download 2 seconds after it is release. I need the two seconds to catch my breath :D

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