In late September, Apple announced the release of its iOS 15 update, a seemingly innocuous occurrence. However, this update introduced a new provision allowing Apple mail users to disable email open tracking, called Mail Privacy Protection (MPP). While this is a win for consumer privacy, it poses a challenge for email marketing campaigns across the globe.
Essentially, through MPP, Apple gives its mail users the option to disable all email tracking. Those users include anyone with an Apple mail (.me) address and anyone opening mail through the Apple mail app (i.e., those forwarding Gmail or business email accounts).
With close to one-third of all emails going through Apple’s mail client, this update will affect all email marketers.