iOS 15.2 admits nobody knows what iCloud Private Relay is, rebrands it in Settings

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Apple's release of iOS 15.2 beta 3 brought with it a few changes but one of them involves rebranding iCloud Private Relay — at least as far as the feature's explanation in the Settings app is concerned.

The feature, which is still in beta, prevents websites from tracking you by hiding your real IP address. How it does that is a story for another time, but it seems Apple is concerned that people don't really understand what it does — and iOS 15.2 hopes to fix that by changing the description in the Settings app.

The change sees Apple switch the text "iCloud Private Relay" swapped out for "Limit IP Address Tracking" when you're in the Settings app. The screenshot below is the screen that houses the settings for my Wi-Fi network.

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Nothing has changed in terms of functionality, and iCloud Private Relay is still one of the best iPhone features for people who want to keep their IP address a secret. But it's interesting to see Apple switch things up in this way. There's little doubt that the new toggle label and accompanying text make it more obvious what's going on here, too.

There's no indication of when iOS 15.2 will be made available to the public and it's possible this change will be reverted or iterated on before then, of course.

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