Apple has added a new feature to iOS 17 that automatically identifies and blocks information and files that may contain sensitive content, such as nude photos.
Users can choose whether to enable this feature to avoid receiving pictures they don’t want to see. This feature is available for Messages, AirDrop overhead delivery, Contact Poster for phone apps, FaceTime messages and third-party apps. All images involving nudity are blurred and users can tap the “Show” button to see the original image. All detection is done on the device, and Apple has no way of viewing what is shared between users.
This feature is an extension of Apple’s communication safety feature for children, which was introduced last year to detect and prevent children from receiving nude images and protect them from bad messages. In iOS 17, the feature will also extend to overhead delivery, a system-wide photo selector, FaceTime messages and third-party apps.