Apple has added new restrictions to AirDrop used on Bloomberg report on Thursday.on mainland China, according to a
The company’s popular wireless file-sharing feature now has a cap of 10 minutes when receiving files from “Everyone” or people stored into the phone’s directory, as opposed to Contacts. After the 10-minute period ends, the iPhone will return back to the mode where it is receiving files from just contacts, the report said. Previously, there was no time limit.
The new AirDrop restrictions came with iPhone’s latest mobile software update, iOS, which was released publicly on Wednesday. News of the changes were not shared in the notes section of which is where Apple typically informs people what the software update changes or fixes.
The move by Apple comes after protestors in mainland China reportedly used AirDrop, which sends photos and files quickly over Bluetooth, to share protest material with members of the public. China’s long-standing “zero-covid” policy, among other actions, have sparked renewed protests and outcries online in recent weeks in the country. During Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests in 2019, protestors used AirDrop to spread their paraphernalia with members of the public.
Apple reportedly told Bloomberg the feature is set to rollout globally in the coming year.
Apple didn’t immediately respond to a CNET request for comment.