Apple releases iOS 10.1 update

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Date: Tuesday, October 25th, 2016, 05:10
Category: iOS, iPad, iPod Touch, News, security, Software

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If you were waiting for a hefty update to Apple’s recently-released iOS 10 operating system, it’s here.

On Monday, Apple released iOS 10.1, a new update which weighs in as a 300 megabyte download and incorporates the following extensive set of fixes and changes:

Camera and Photos:
Introduces Portrait Camera for iPhone 7 Plus that creates a depth effect that keeps your subject sharp while creating a beautifully blurred background (beta)

People names in the Photos app are saved in iCloud backups

Improved the display of wide color gamut photos in the grid views of the Photos app

Fixes an issue where opening the Camera app would show a blurred or flashing screen for some users

Fixes an issue that caused Photos to quit for some users when turning on iCloud Photo Library


Maps:
Transit support for every major train, subway, ferry, and national bus line, as well as local bus systems for Tokyo, Osaka, and Nagoya

Sign-based transit navigation including layouts of all underground structures and walkways that connect large transit stations

Transit fare comparison when viewing alternative transit routes

Messages:
New option to replay bubble and full screen effects

Messages effects can play with Reduce Motion enabled

Fixes an issue that could lead to contact names appearing incorrectly in Messages

Addresses an issue where Messages could open to a white screen

Addresses an issue that could prevent the report junk option from displaying with unknown senders

Fixes an issue where videos captured and sent in the Messages app could be missing audio

Apple Watch:
Adds distance and average pace to workout summaries in the Activity app for outdoor wheelchair run pace and outdoor wheelchair walk pace

Fixes issues that may have prevented Music playlists from syncing to Apple Watch

Addresses an issue that was preventing invitations and data to appear in Activity Sharing

Fixes an issue that was allowing Activity Sharing to update over cellular when manually disabled

Resolves an issue that was causing some third-party apps to crash when inputting text

Other Improvements and Fixes:
Improves Bluetooth connectivity with 3rd party accessories

Improves AirPlay Mirroring performance when waking a device from sleep

Fixes an issue where playback would not work for iTunes purchased content when the “Show iTunes Purchases” setting is turned off

Fixes an issue where certain selfie apps and face filters used with the FaceTime HD Camera on iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus did not display a live preview

Fixes an issue in Health where individual strokes are converted to separate characters when using the Chinese handwriting keyboard

Improves performance of sharing websites from Safari to Messages

Fixes an issue in Safari that caused web previews in tab view to not display correctly

Fixes an issue that caused certain Mail messages to be reformatted with very small text

Fixes an issue that caused some HTML email to be formatted incorrectly

Fixes an issue that in some cases caused the search field to disappear in Mail

Fixes an issue that could prevent Today View Widgets from updating when launched

Fixes an issue where Weather widget sometimes failed to load data

Fixes an issue on iPhone 7 where Home Button click settings would not appear in search results

Fixes an issue that prevented spam alert extensions from blocking calls

Resolves an issue that could prevent alarm sounds from going off

Fixes an issue where audio playback via Bluetooth would cause the Taptic engine to stop providing feedback for some users

Resolves an issue preventing some users from restoring from iCloud Backup

Security Fixes:

CFNetwork Proxies
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: An attacker in a privileged network position may be able to leak sensitive user information
Description: A phishing issue existed in the handling of proxy credentials. This issue was addressed by removing unsolicited proxy password authentication prompts.

CoreGraphics
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: Viewing a maliciously crafted JPEG file may lead to arbitrary code execution
Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

FaceTime
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: An attacker in a privileged network position may be able to cause a relayed call to continue transmitting audio while appearing as if the call terminated
Description: User interface inconsistencies existed in the handling of relayed calls. These issues were addressed through improved FaceTime display logic.

FontParser
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: Parsing a maliciously crafted font may disclose sensitive user information
Description: An out-of-bounds read was addressed through improved bounds checking.

Kernel
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: An application may be able to disclose kernel memory
Description: A validation issue was addressed through improved input sanitization.

libarchive
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: A malicious archive may be able to overwrite arbitrary files
Description: An issue existed within the path validation logic for symlinks. This issue was addressed through improved path sanitization.

libxpc
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with root privileges
Description: A logic issue was addressed through additional restrictions.

Sandbox Profiles
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: An application may be able to retrieve metadata of photo directories
Description: An access issue was addressed through additional sandbox restrictions on third party applications.

Sandbox Profiles
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: An application may be able to retrieve metadata of audio recording directories
Description: An access issue was addressed through additional sandbox restrictions on third party applications.

Security:
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: A local attacker can observe the length of a login password when a user logs in
Description: A logging issue existed in the handling of passwords. This issue was addressed by removing password length logging.

System Boot
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: A local user may be able to cause an unexpected system termination or arbitrary code execution in the kernel
Description: Multiple input validation issues existed in MIG generated code. These issues were addressed through improved validation.

WebKit
Available for: iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPod touch 6th generation and later
Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution
Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

iOS 10.1 can be downloaded and installed via either iTunes or via the Software Update feature in iOS 10 (go to “Settings”, “General” and click “Software Update”).

If you’ve tried the iOS 10.1 update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know in the comments.

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