Apple to enforce HTTPS connections on iOS apps by 2017

Apple at its ongoing Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC 2016) has announced that iOS apps have until January 1, 2017, to enable App Transport Security (ATS), a feature first introduced with iOS 9 - that enforces apps to use HTTPS connections instead of HTTP when connecting to the Web.

ATS is currently an opt-in option, albeit essentially important in banking and eCommerce apps, but will become mandatory across all apps sold in the App Store in 2017.

The feature allows apps to send data over the internet more securely, while in HTTPS connections, meaning data cannot be read when access is not authorized.

While, the all HTTPS connections move is inline with Apple's stance on privacy, as exemplified in the saga with FBI to crack into an iPhone belonging to Syed Farook, one of the attackers in the shooting at San Bernardino, California.

And the more secure the connection type, better authentication and encrypted data transmissions is possible.
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