Apple has denied that last month’s iOS 15.2 update is the cause of some iPhone owners’ problems using the iCloud Private Relay feature on cellular networks. Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile earlier this week said they weren’t blocking the VPN-like feature, but T-Mobile claimed to have determined that iOS 15.2 disabled it by default.
Now Apple says that’s not the case. After releasing an updated beta version of iOS 15.3 that clarifies the language in iCloud settings, Apple issued a statement to: 9to5Mac say iOS 15.2 was not the problem. “No changes were made to iCloud Private Relay in iOS 15.2 that would have disabled the feature,” the statement reads. “Users are encouraged to check their settings to see if Private Relay is enabled on their device or for a specific network.”
T-Mobile has also followed up with 9to5Mac to say that iOS 15.2 hasn’t disabled the feature after all. “Apple does not change customer settings when they update to iOS 15.2,” the carrier said in a statement. “Customers may get an error if they previously disabled iCloud Private Relay or Restrict IP Address Tracking in their cellular data options settings.”
It’s still not entirely clear what caused all this confusion, but the carriers say they don’t block iCloud Private Relay (except for some T-Mobile plans that include content filtering services), so it’s worth double-checking your cellular settings. to make sure everything is as it should be. Once the public version of iOS 15.3 is out, the language in the settings won’t tell you right away that your cellular plan doesn’t support the feature.