Apple has disabled one of the innovations in iOS 15 and macOS 12 in Russia

Apple is now completing testing of the new operating systems iOS 15 and macOS 12, and their release to the general public will take place in the near future. Users from Russia also participate in beta testing. Test takers noticed last night that a feature in iOS 15 and macOS 12 stopped working. We are talking about such an innovation as iCloud Private Relay (iCloud Private Node). 

This feature allows users to hide their IP addresses. This is how Apple describes it:

ICloud Private Host is a service that lets you connect to virtually any network and browse the web in Safari even more securely and privately. It encrypts outgoing traffic so that no one can intercept or read it. Then your requests are sent through two separate Internet sites. This is to ensure that no one, including Apple, can use your IP address, location, and browsing history to create your detailed profile. " 

iCloud Private Relay did not work in Belarus, Kazakhstan, China and some other countries, but initially, the feature was available in Russia. However, since yesterday, iOS 15 and macOS 12 began to issue alerts like this: "Private node is not supported in some countries and regions, including Russia." You can even see the clarification that this was due to "current restrictions of local legislation." 

Interestingly, on September 16, a few hours before the "Private iCloud node" function turned off, at a meeting of the temporary commission of the Federation Council, it was announced that not only fines, but also criminal prosecution of employees of Russian structures associated with Apple and Google for the interference of Google and Apple in the process of elections to the State Duma.

After that, Apple and Google also removed the Smart Voting application from the App Store and Google Play, which they had previously refused to remove. 

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