Apple has launched the new update to reassure users who feel "apps are listening in" with the orange dot signalling if the microphone or camera is being used.
iOS 14 includes several major new features and many minor changes, as well as visual updates. Those who have already managed to install a new version of Apple’s mobile operating system, probably noticed new indicators on the right side of the status bar (next to displaying the battery level) and immediately wondered in our Telegram chat what they are for . These new status symbols appear as orange and green dots or circles. There was no such thing in iOS 13.
An orange dot means that the application on your phone uses the microphone . The microphone can be listened through applications and even recorded. If all applications work in good faith, an orange dot should only appear when you launch an application that uses a microphone (Siri, dictation in the navigator, and so on). If the orange dot is displayed in cases where it seems that this should not be, this may indicate that the application is abusing your privacy, that is, it is gaining access to the microphone.
A green dot appears when the application uses the camera for example, when taking a photo. Access to the camera also means access to the microphone; in this case you will not see the orange dot separately. The green color corresponds to the LEDs used in Apple MacBook and iMac products.
If the application accesses the camera when it makes no sense, this may mean that the application violates your privacy. iOS cannot know why this or that application needs access to your camera, so it’s best for you to contact the developers of the application that makes you suspicious. They can do something illegal and illegal, in which case you can delete the application.