Factbox-How Apple's privacy changes are affecting companies

FILE PHOTO: An Apple logo is pictured in an Apple store in Paris, France September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/File Photo

(Reuters) - A privacy update rolled out by Apple Inc in April for its iPhones has sparked uproar from major social-media companies such as Meta Platforms Inc and Snap Inc, which have warned of a prolonged hit from the changes.

The update to Apple's operating system prevents advertisers from tracking iPhone and iPad users without their consent.

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