Apple’s iOS 15, which was unveiled at WWDC21 earlier this week, introduces a new Digital Legacy program that allows people that have been designated as Legacy Contacts to access your Apple ID account and personal information if you die.
As mentioned by MacRumors, the feature is not live as yet, but when it is enabled, it will offer access for friends and family members to access your photos and other important information after your death. Currently, if someone dies with a locked Mac, iPhone, or iPad it is nearly impossible to gain access to an iCloud user’s device and information, even if you have a death certificate.
Digital legacy will allow designated parties to gain access to a deceased user’s accounts, as well as photos and other personal data.
In addition to the Digital legacy program, iOS 15 users will be able to set Account Recovery Contacts, which are people designated to help you regain access to your Apple ID in case you forget your password.
Both features will debut to the public this fall, alongside the launch of iOS 15.