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Lockdown Mode in iOS 16: 4 brutal costs of going incognito

Apple reinvents the "closed system". Coming this fall. (Image source: Unsplash - Edited)
Apple reinvents the "closed system". Coming this fall. (Image source: Unsplash - Edited)
Coming later this year to iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, Lockdown Mode is a feature for users who may be at risk of being targeted by high-level digital threats, including those from the NSO Group. Learn how to activate the new mode and what some of the disadvantages users may face after enabling it.
Article compiled by Brahm Shank
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1. Understanding Lockdown Mode

According to Apple, Lockdown Mode is intended for iPhone and Mac users who believe that they may fall victim to cyber threats organized by “private companies developing state-sponsored mercenary spyware”.

Average users looking to enhance overall security on their iOS and macOS devices should be aware of the day-to-day disadvantages, including extensive limitations to Apple services, web browsing, and messaging.

Activating Lockdown Mode on devices deployed for enterprise use could present even more complications since wired connections and configuration profiles are almost entirely blacklisted. 

The splash screen for Lockdown Mode previewed on iOS 16 Developer Beta 3 on the iPhone 13 Pro Max. (Image source: Own, Apple - edited)
The splash screen for Lockdown Mode previewed on iOS 16 Developer Beta 3 on the iPhone 13 Pro Max. (Image source: Own, Apple - edited)

2. Limitations to Apple services

While in Lockdown Mode, a number of apps, websites, and typical feature workflows are severely limited. In the Messages app, for example, all attachments except for images are blocked and link previews are disabled altogether.

Incoming service requests and invitations from Apple apps, including FaceTime, are blocked if the user has not yet sent the initiator a prior call or request. While browsing the web, using Safari or other WebKit-based browsers, JavaScript compilation and just-in-time (JIT) technologies are disabled on websites that the user has not whitelisted.

Thanks to the redesigned System Settings app in macOS Ventura, the process for toggling Lockdown Mode across Mac and iOS devices is nearly identical. (Image source: Own, Apple - edited)
Thanks to the redesigned System Settings app in macOS Ventura, the process for toggling Lockdown Mode across Mac and iOS devices is nearly identical. (Image source: Own, Apple - edited)

3. Cutting the cable and configuration profiles

Lockdown Mode bars locked iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices from recognizing or receiving wired connections equipped with computer accessories.

Additionally, configuration profiles cannot be installed and devices cannot enroll into mobile device management (MDM) while Lockdown Mode is turned on.

4. Activating Lockdown Mode

To turn on Lockdown Mode on the iPhone or the iPad, visit the Settings app and scroll down to select the “Privacy and Security” menu. Scroll down once more to reveal the “Lockdown Mode” button beneath the header that says “SECURITY”. Tap on the button and select “Turn On Lockdown Mode” beneath the disclaimer dialog.

To enable Lockdown Mode on a Mac that is running macOS Ventura, visit the “System Settings” app and then scroll down to select the button that reads “Privacy and Security”. Scroll down to the bottom of the Privacy and Security menu and click “Turn On…” under the Lockdown Mode header.

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Brahm Shank, 2022-07- 8 (Update: 2022-07- 8)