Apple’s new iOS 11 update has introduced an iPhone feature that has unsettling ramifications for Snapchat users. The operating system's new screen record function is allowing some Snapchat users to record other people's snaps without alerting them. The app allows users to share photos and videos, called snaps, which disappear after a set amount of seconds, and screen-grabbing other people's snaps is generally considered poor etiquette.
Until now, the only way to capture some else's snap was via a screenshot, after which users received a notification alerting them that their photos or videos had been screen-grabbed. This week iOS 11 introduced a screen record button in the iPhone command centre that lets people make video recordings of what they are doing and seeing on their screen.
Some Snapchat users have reported that the app is sending a screenshot notification when screen record is used while viewing someone else's snaps. The Telegraph understands that Snapchat is attempting to fix the issue in its latest app update (version 10.17.5), which was released today. However the fully-updated app may not be able to detect when screen record is on if the person using it hasn't also installed the latest version of Snapchat.
Tests conducted by the Telegraph showed that users were not getting alerts when snaps were captured using screen record until they installed the 10.17.5 update. Even with the latest update, our tests found that screen recording didn't always trigger a screenshot notification, and when it did these sometimes came through after a delay.
The issue will prove unsettling for regular Snapchat users, who are used posting transient photos and video knowing they'll be alerted if anyone records them. Snapchat's ephemeral nature has been key in driving its rapid growth since it was founded in 2011 by a trio of Sanford University undergraduates. Last month Snapchat announced it had reached 173 million daily users in the second quarter of this year and over 10 million people use the app on a daily basis in the UK.
The app is particularly popular with younger people with 45 per cent of Snapchat users aged between 18 and 24.