Dissimilar to other first-party applications, Google’s browser has historically followed an strict, publicized six-week release cycle. Subsequent to abandoning refreshes for as far back as four months, a new version of Chrome for iPhone and iPad is carrying out at this point.
In February, Google began releasing new app updates on iOS again and the cadence resumed in earnest last month. Chrome, in any case, has been a bit behind and skipped version 88 (January) and 89 (March) entirely.
The present update is still Chrome 87.0.4280.163 and primarily focuses around bug fixes, however no major issues have arisen since the last release in November. Version 90 of the program for all platforms is expected one week from now, and Chrome will catch up with new features at that point. For instance, Google has been testing Touch/Face ID to protect open Incognito tabs.
A few tweaks were made to the App Privacy label that Chrome included ongoing weeks. Under the “Data Linked to You” section, “App Functionality” now includes your “Name.” This is due to how Google Pay in Chrome requires that detail to complete a transaction. Meanwhile, “Crash Data” and “Customer Support” is moving under the “Not linked to You” section.
As confirmed by those changes, Google says it will “regularly assess our data needs to ensure that we’re only collecting data that is necessary to provide and develop useful products and features,” while reminding that App Privacy labels “represent the maximum categories of data that could be collected.” Actual data collection depends upon what highlights, similar to Chrome Sync for password management and bookmarks, are empowered by end clients.
This Chrome update is carrying out now to iPhone and iPad users by means of the App Store.