“Private Relay” is a new VPN-like service planned for iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and macOS Monteray in the fall of 2021. At WWDC 2021, Apple announced Private Relay alongside some other privacy-oriented services. These will be included in iCloud’s paid plans, which will be renamed to iCloud +.
What does private relay do?
At the time of the announcement, Apple went into some details about how Private Relay works. For one, it appears to be exclusive to the Safari browser on iPhone, iPad, and Mac. When enabled, it encrypts all data that leaves your device, including the address of any websites you want to visit. Your data will then be sent via two so-called “relays”. The first will assign you a random one IP address in your region, and the second will decipher the name of the site and send you there.
By using two servers in this way, Apple claims it protects your identity “because no single entity can identify both who a user is and what websites they …