Apple is too strict with copy and paste in iOS 16


Just a few days in, I’ve already had it with this permission prompt

A screenshot of the “do you want to allow this?” paste prompt in iOS 16.

I shouldn’t have to approve this every. single. time.
Screenshot: Chris Welch / The Verge

These are core iPhone applications, and while it’s appropriate that Apple applies its rules universally, I also find myself thinking in frustration, “Yes, of course it’s okay for you to paste this picture into a message. Why wouldn’t it be? Enough already.” We’re talking about a fundamental, very common action flow, and now there’s a hurdle in the middle.

The objective of preventing apps from snooping on your clipboard is reasonable. But surely it’s possible for Apple to include “always allow” among the choices so that people won’t have to constantly see this screen. Or the company could add a “pasteboard” toggle to the privacy settings for each app much in the way it does for location, notifications, background data, and so on. Just give us some way of establishing permanence for our copy and paste preferences.

The pop-up is happening so frequently that I’m almost wondering if it’s a bug and not the intended behavior. And sometimes — like when pasting into Slack — it doesn’t come up at all. Nothing’s been changed so far in the first betas of iOS 16.1, but I’m hoping Apple will refine this interaction sooner than later.

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Author: Chris Welch