Apple rolls out beta 3 (developers) with ‘Sensitive Places’ in Photos

iOS 15.5 fond jaune

A few hours ago, yesterday evening, the Californian firm published the third beta version of the next iOS 15.5 update. A batch of beta news is also available, for iPadOS 15.5, watchOS 8.6, HomePodOS 15.5 and tvOS 15.5. These are currently intended for users registered in the developer beta test program only. For the public betas, we will have to wait until later in the day.

As described here, iOS 15.5 seems to bring some interesting new features. According to the first beta anyway. Because the second was only corrective.

With beta 3, Apple is surely, but slowly, changing its update. Similar to beta 2, there aren’t many major changes to get your teeth into. Again, these are mostly bug fixes and security improvements.

Except for one point : in the source code of the OS, on the side of Photos and the Memories function, a new mention has appeared: “Sensitive Locations”, for “sensitive places”.

Sensitive places in Photos

Any photograph located in one of these sensitive locations will never be included in a keepsake. Here is the list of places affected so far in iOS 15.5 beta 3:

  • Yad Vashem Memorial
  • Dachau Concentration Camp
  • American Holocaust Museum
  • Majdanek Concentration Camp
  • Holocaust Memorial in Berlin
  • Schindler’s factory
  • Belzec extermination camp
  • Anne Frank House
  • Sobibor extermination camp
  • Treblinka extermination camp
  • Chelmno-Kulmhof extermination camp
  • Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp
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These are mainly positions related to the Holocaust. Each is associated with latitude, longitude and radius information. Thus, each photo taken at one of these places and up to x kilometers around cannot be part of a memory. This will obviously also apply to videos.

We imagine that Apple will complete this list in the future. There remains the question of the arrival of an option allowing the user to add places to this list himself.

What do you think of this novelty?

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