Changes in iOS 13 will prevent data collection practices using the VoIP APIs, a new feature that will have a huge impact on apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, which will be forced to be redesigned, according to The Information.
Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp allow users to make calls over the Internet and listen to those calls, the apps run in the background on an iPhone or iPad so that calls can connect quickly. While running in the background, the apps are also able to collect data, which can no longer happen with Apple iOS 13.
Background access for apps like Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp will be limited exclusively to Internet calls in the future, without the possibility of collecting data in the background. For this reason, Facebook will be forced to redesign its messaging apps and this news seems to have a heavy impact on WhatsApp, which also uses the Internet to make calls, including end-to-end encryption.
Apple says that this change will protect users’ privacy and will also improve performance for iOS devices, as the use of apps in the background reduces the resources available to the system and at the same time reduces battery life.