Apple has confirmed in the release notes for the 7th beta of iOS 15 that iCloud Private Relay is being released as a public beta to allow the company to “gather additional feedback and improve website compatibility” before the official launch of the feature (via MacRumors).
This means that when Apple rolls out iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 to the general public, iCloud Private Relay will be available for customers to use but only as a beta feature.
For those who aren’t familiar, iCloud Private Relay is a service designed to ensure Safari traffic leaving an iPhone, iPad, or Mac is encrypted through two separate internet relays so that companies can’t use personal information like IP address to build profiles about the device users.
In the latest iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 betas, iCloud Private Relay is now listed as a feature that’s in beta, with Apple providing the following information: “Private Relay is currently in beta. Some websites may have issues, like showing content for the wrong region or requiring extra steps to sign in.”
Apple is expected to release the final versions of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 alongside the new iPhones next month.