Unlike other first-party apps, Google’s browser has historically followed a strict, published six-week release cycle. After going without updates for the past four months, a new version of Chrome for iPhone and iPad is rolling out now.
In February, Google started releasing new app updates on iOS again, and the cadence resumed in earnest last month. However, Chrome has lagged a bit behind and completely skipped version 88 (January) and 89 (March).
Today’s update is still Chrome 87.0.4280.163 and focuses primarily on bug fixes, although there have been no major issues since the previous release in November. Version 90 of the browser for all platforms is due next week, and Chrome will get new features then. For example, Google has tested Touch / Face ID to protect open incognito tabs.
Some tweaks were made with the App Privacy label that Chrome added in recent weeks. Under the section “Data related to you”
As stated in these changes, Google states that it will “regularly assess our data needs to ensure that we collect only the data necessary to deliver and develop useful products and features,” while reminding App Privacy Labels “represent the maximum categories of data that can be collected.” The actual data collection depends on which features, such as Chrome Sync for password management and bookmarks, are enabled by end users.
This Chrome update is now rolling out to iPhone and iPad users via the App Store.
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