Apple cleaned house via a slew of operating system updates on Monday, pinning down nearly 350 known vulnerabilities between its changes to iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS.
Starting with iOS 10.3, Apple’s latest version includes Find My AirPods, Apple’s new file system, CarPlay, and a few other small visual tweaks. With nearly every update Apple does, they also include a handful of security fixes that easily go unnoticed by the user. iOS 10.3 is no exception with over 85 different common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVEs) listed.
In one case, the iOS 10.3 update patched a security hole that allowed attackers to spam Safari with a ‘Cannot Open Page’ dialog. Lookout, a cybersecurity company, learned of the attack after one of their users complained of losing control over their browsing experience. The dialog was meant to trick users into eventually paying money to “unlock” their Safari browser.
In an informal – but funny – showdown between Apple’s CarPlay and Android Auto, the mighty Yuri and Jakub hopped into a car and tested both systems out in terms of voice recognition, finding directions and making quick calls from your car.
The results speak for themselves, especially when Siri comes into play.
‘Tis a day of updates and watchOS and tvOS are no exception.
Apple on Monday, released watchOS 3.2, which will require that you update your iPhone to iOS 10.3 and your Apple Watch have at least a 50 percent battery charge and be within range of your iPhone before beginning the installation.
watchOS 3.2 offers the following fixes and changes:
The new iPad and (PRODUCT)Red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus you want is now available for order online.
Apple has added the products to its online store in the United States and dozens of other countries and regions around the world. (PRODUCT)RED iPhones are also available for in-store pickup at select Apple Stores as of Friday.
The 9.7-inch iPad features a faster A9 processor and a brighter Retina display compared to the iPad Air 2, which has now been discontinued. The tablet is a bit thicker and heavier than the iPad Air 2 given that it lacks a fully laminated display with anti-reflective coating in order to keep costs down.
The tablet also features a display resolution of 2,048‑by‑1,536 at 264 PPI, an 8-megapixel rear iSight camera, 1.2-megapixel front FaceTime camera, two speakers, Lightning connector, 3.5mm headphone jack, Touch ID with Apple Pay, and Bluetooth 4.2.
The United States Senate The US Senate has voted to overturn Internet privacy rules introduced last year by the FCC. In addition, the overturned vote works to prevent the FCC from passing any further such rules in the future.
Via the notes:
Congress disapproves the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission relating to “Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunications Services” (81 Fed. Reg. 87274 (December 2, 2016)), and such rule shall have no force or effect.
This could be handy as well as increase your safety in the car.
A recently published patent application that was filed last fall and awarded today shows that Apple might refocus the Apple Watch to determine when you’re driving based on motion detection, then change what alerts are sent, how many you can receive, and where you receive them. Apple even considers which alerts may be too important to hide while driving:
In some embodiments, notifications are completely prevented while the user is controlling the vehicle. In other embodiments, high priority notifications such as emergency calls are permitted while low priority notifications such as incoming e-mails are suppressed.
Albeit you’ll be able to snag the newly-announced 9.7-inch iPad on Friday, Apple has stated that customers who want to buy it in Apple Store and other retail locations will need to wait until “next week,” according to Apple.
Apple has provided a bit more information on the new iPad shopping situation. Orders placed on Friday, the first day of availability, will arrive the following week at some point, with no specific day given.
Other retailers, such as Target and Best Buy, have stated that they are expecting stock of the new 9.7-inch tablet around the beginning of April with orders starting on Friday, the same as the Apple online store.