Apple is adding a new feature to iOS 16 to make Hidden and Recently Deleted Albums in Photos much more private. Starting with iOS 16, these albums will now be locked by default, and you’ll be able to unlock them using Face ID, Touch ID, or Passcode. according to Apple’s iOS 16 features page.
In iOS 15, those albums are hard to find, but they’re not behind any protection. This means that anyone who might have unwanted access to your phone can easily see what’s out there if they know where to look – which is somewhat beyond the purpose of the Hidden album in particular. With the change in iOS 16, people will not be able to see photos on both albums unless you unlock them. This new feature will also be available in iPadOS 16 and macOS Venturaand all three software updates are available this fall.
Photos updates aren’t the only new privacy features in iOS 16. Apple has also introduced Security Control, which aims to protect people in violent relationships by letting them revoke access to information shared with others.