Apple is cracking down on copying and pasting in iOS 16

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Apple is very strict about copying and pasting in iOS 16 / Within a few days, I already have it with this permission prompt

During my time using iOS 16 so far, I’ve normally been very pleased with the new features and improvements.

Apple is cracking down on copying and pasting in iOS 16

A customizable lock screen is fun. Removing the background of images by emphasizing the subject of the image is still not outdated.

But just a few days after the new software became available, I’ve already discovered my biggest disappointment: iOS now asks if it’s OK to paste an item from one app to another. Continuously. Repeatedly.A better solution is needed.

Apple is cracking down on copying and pasting in iOS 16

I understand the reason behind the new prompt.

Apple is cracking down on copying and pasting in iOS 16

Your iPhone clipboard often contains liable data – passwords, personal pictures, two-factor passcodes, etc.

Apple is cracking down on copying and pasting in iOS 16

Apps likely skim more of this notification than any of us realize.And it’s another example of Apple sticking to its mantra on privacy: asking people in plain English if they want to allow apps to access their data. Ask them again and again.

But the new prompt is adding friction like never before. This makes copy and paste inherently less seamless

Apple is cracking down on copying and pasting in iOS 16

For example, if I cut an item of an image in Images, copy it, and go to paste it into a text in Messages, I get hit with a consent dialog. Every time. The same goes for pasting anything into Notes.

These are major iPhone applications, and while it’s suitable that Apple applies its rules universally, I’m also frustrated and considering, “Yeah, it’s not okay for you to paste this image into a message.

Why isn’t it? Enough already.” We’re speaking about a basic, very simple action flow, and now there’s a blockage in the middle. Why is Apple double-checking such direct user intent?

Apple is cracking down on copying and pasting in iOS 16

Apple is cracking down on copying and pasting in iOS 16

The goal of preventing apps from spying on your clipboard is good. But surely Apple could add “Always Allow” to the options so that people don’t have to constantly see this screen.

Apple is cracking down on copying and pasting in iOS 16

Or the company could add a “pasteboard” toggle to the privacy settings for each app, as it does for location, notifications, background data, etc. Give us some way to show permanence for our copy-and-paste choices.

The pop-up is happening so often that I’m almost wondering if it’s a bug and not intended behaviour

Apple is cracking down on copying and pasting in iOS 16

And sometimes – when pasting into Slack – it doesn’t come at all. Nothing has been changed so far in the first betas of iOS 16.1, but I hope Apple improves this interaction more quickly.

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