With iOS 15, Apple introduces a new Digital Legacy program that defines people as Legacy Contacts to allow them access to your Apple ID account and personal information in the event of death.
This feature does not appear to be active at this time, but based on Apple’s description, it will give your friends or family members access to your photos and other important data after your death. This is an important new addition to iOS, because right now, if someone goes with a locked iPhone, iPad, or Mac, it’s difficult, if not impossible, to access the device, even with access to a death certificate.
Digital Legacy will allow your loved ones to manage your data to access key accounts and personal items such as photos that would otherwise be lost.
Post-death digital data management is something Apple lacks, and with so much data online, it’s becoming an increasingly important topic. Social networks like Twitter and Facebook have tools for setting up old contacts that can back up an account, and Google maintains an Inactive Account Manager, which releases control of a person’s account after a period of time.
Along with the Digital Legacy program, Apple also allows users to set up account recovery contacts. People set up as an account recovery contact will be able to help you regain access to your Apple ID if you forget your password.
Both features will be available when falliOS 15 launches this fall.