Apple has included an important privacy upgrade to its iOS 14 and iPadOS14 updates that includes the ability to see when an app has accessed a device's camera or microphone.

According to Apple, the new upgrade features include redesigned widgets, a new app library, and a range of enhanced security and privacy updates including the ability to see when an app has accessed a device's camera or microphone.

The new dots are light indicators that signal the user when the camera or microphone is being used by any apps in the background on either an iPhone or iPad.

Last week when Apple released its iOS 14 updates for iPhones and iPadOS 14 for iPads, users immediately noticed small orange and green dots that appeared at the top of their screens. According to Apple, the new upgrade features include redesigned widgets, a new app library, and a range of enhanced security and privacy updates including the ability to see when an app has accessed the device's camera or microphone.

Once the dots are visible, the user can open the device's Control Centre to see which app is trying to access the camera or microphone.

Yellow Dot

The yellow dot appears in the upper right corner of the screen above the signal strength and alerts the user that their microphone is in use, and is recording. That means if the user is not dictating or using Siri, it could be that an app is recording in the background without your permission.

Green Dot

A green dot may also appear on the screen from time to time indicating that the device's camera is being accessed by an app. This green light alerts users every time an app or any service is secretly using the device's microphone or camera. The dot will also appear if the rear camera is in use, giving the user the ability to monitor the camera's usage from both the front and rear, blocking apps from peeking in.

Apple users should know that the newest privacy feature is enabled by default once the device is updated to the newest iOS 14 version.