Apple releases tvOS 11.2 update, adds live sports, video display mode switching features

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Date: Tuesday, December 5th, 2017, 03:42
Category: News, Software, TvOS

Only a few days after the release of iOS 11.2, Apple has released tvOS 11.2 for the fourth-gen Apple TV and the Apple TV 4K.

The most notable change is the addition of the Sports section to TV. The “Sports” tab joins the previous options of “Watch Now,” “Library,” “Store” and “Search.” It features quick links to live games and the ability to rewatch games that already occurred.

The new TV app feature list includes alerts for when a team is about to play, allowing users to begin streaming a game as soon as it starts. Supported leagues include Major League Baseball, the National Football League, the National Basketball League, college football, men’s college basketball and more.

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iOS 11.2 released over the weekend, adds Apple Pay Cash, improved wireless charging, chases down date bug which could cause a soft reset loop

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Date: Monday, December 4th, 2017, 03:31
Category: Apple Pay Cash, iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News

It’s pretty unusual for Apple to release a major iOS update over the weekend, but the company did this with iOS 11.2, which, among other changes, offers support for Apple Pay Cash, 7.5-watt charging on compatible devices and a fix for a nasty date bug that can cause devices to enter a soft reset loop.

The update seems to have been released early to handle a recently discovered date bug that can cause springboard to crash, rendering an affected device barely usable.

It’s also been noted that the update, which was released on December 2nd, seems to share the same creation time as the betas, which did not suffer from the date bug.

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Apple releases fix for root user bug in macOS 10.13 High Sierra

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Date: Thursday, November 30th, 2017, 03:23
Category: iOS, News, security, Software

Apple has released a fix for the now-infamous root bug in macOS High Sierra.

The company released its Apple Security Update 2017-001 update on Wednesday. The update, a 2.1 megabyte download, can be located and installed via the App Store app. Open this program, click on “Updates” and the patch will appear as a security update that can be installed without needing to restart your Mac.

Apple offered the following comment regarding the fix:

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Apple follows up on root user security hole in macOS 10.13 High Sierra, has yet to offer timeline for fix

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Date: Wednesday, November 29th, 2017, 03:03
Category: macOS, News, security, Software

Well, this qualifies as a pretty huge mess.

Following the discovery of a security hole in macOS High Sierra in which a user can simply enter their user name as “root”, not provide a password and be allowed full access to the computer, Apple has offered the following statement:

“We are working on a software update to address this issue,” Apple said. “In the meantime, setting a root password prevents unauthorized access to your Mac. To enable the Root User and set a password, please follow the instructions here: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204012. If a Root User is already enabled, to ensure a black password is not set, please follow the instructions from the ‘Change the root password’ section.”

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Apple releases iOS 11.1.2 update, offers fix for iPhone X display being unresponsive in cold temperatures

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Date: Friday, November 17th, 2017, 03:08
Category: iOS, News, Software

If nothing else, the iOS 11 updates are arriving fairly quickly.

Apple released its iOS 11.1.2 update on Thursday. The update, which can range from a few hundred megabyte to a 2.43 gigabyte download, offered the following fixes and changes:

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Some users experiencing “crackling earpiece” issue with iPhone X units

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2017, 03:34
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News

There are always going to be some issues with a brand new handset and the iPhone X doesn’t seem to be exempt from this rule.

A number of users have reported what appears to be crackling and buzzing coming from the iPhone X’s earpiece speaker.

One commenter reported that he notices the crackling when playing stuff at “near max volume or when putting people on speakerphone.” Another commenter references the same issue and says he’s experiencing “fidelity issues and cracking when using the speakerphone at high volumes.”

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Some iPhone X units showing mysterious green lines on OLED display

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Date: Monday, November 13th, 2017, 03:44
Category: Hardware, iPhone, News, Samsung

Some users of the new iPhone X have been encountering what could be a hardware-related glitch with the OLED.

A number of users haver reported green lines along the left or right side of the OLED display, according to various accounts on social media.

The lines appear to be developing after use, in at least one case just the space of a day. Complaints have arisen on Reddit, Twitter, Apple’s support forums and elsewhere.

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Security researchers hack iOS 11.1 at Pwn2Own event

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Date: Friday, November 3rd, 2017, 03:17
Category: Google, Hack, iOS, iPhone, News, Samsung, security

Trend Micro’s annual Pwn2Own has kicked off over at the PacSec Security conference in Tokyo, complete with security researchers spending the day attempting to hack into the iPhone 7, the Samsung Galaxy S8, the Google Pixel, and the Huawei Mate 9 Pro in an effort to win prizes totaling more than $500,000.

And, for better or worse, Apple’s iPhone 7, running the newly-released iOS 11.1, was successfully breached twice Tencent Keen Security Lab. The first hack targeted a Wi-Fi bug and won the team $110,000 and 11 Master of Pwn points, while the second hack targeted the Safari Browser and earned Tencent Keen Security Lab $45,000 and 12 Master of Pwn points.

The group used a total of four bugs to both gain code execution and escalate their user privileges to allow their rogue application to install via a reboot. In addition, the group snagged $60,000 for the WiFi exploit and added $50,000 for the persistence bonus, thereby totaling $110,000 and 11 Master of Pwn points.

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Apple releases security updates for KRACK, other exploits in macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 update, Security Update 2017-004

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Date: Thursday, November 2nd, 2017, 03:10
Category: Hack, High Sierra, macOS, News, security, Sierra, Software

A few critical security updates also shipped out with Tuesday’s macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 update.

Apple also released Security Update 2017-004 and Security Update 2017-001 macOS Sierra, which address the KRACK security exploit.

KRACK is a vulnerability in the WPA2 encryption standard for Wi-Fi networks that lets attackers decrypt the data passing to and from a specific device. The vulnerability exists in most any device capable of using WPA2 on Wi-Fi networks and once it was publicly disclosed product manufacturers started scrambling to release patches.

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Apple releases iOS 11.1 update

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Date: Wednesday, November 1st, 2017, 03:07
Category: iOS, iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, News, Software

If you were looking for a meaty iOS update, this might be your lucky day. On Tuesday, Apple released iOS 11.1, the latest version of its mobile operating system.

The update, a 246 megabyte download, adds the following fixes and changes:

Emoji:
– Over 70 new emoji characters including new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters and more.

Photos:
– Resolves an issue that could cause some photos to appear blurry.

– Addresses an issue that could cause Live Photo effects to playback slowly.

– Fixes an issue that could cause some photos to not display in the People album when restoring from an iCloud Backup.

– Fixes an issue that could impact performance when swiping between screenshots.

Accessibility:
– Improves braille support for Grade 2 input.

– Improves VoiceOver access to multi-page PDFs.

– Improves VoiceOver rotor actions for announcing incoming notifications.

– Improves VoiceOver rotor actions menu when removing an app from the App Switcher.

– Fixes an issue for some users where alternative keys would not display when using VoiceOver with Touch Typing.

– Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would always return to default action in Mail.

– Fixes an issue where VoiceOver rotor would not delete messages.

Other Improvements and Fixes:
– Adds back support for accessing the app switcher by pressing on edge of display with 3D Touch.

– Fixes an issue that caused cleared Mail notifications to reappear on Lock screen.

– Fixes an issue in enterprise environments that prevented data from being moved between managed apps.

– Fixes an issue with some 3rd-party GPS accessories that caused inaccuracies in location data.

– Resolves an issue where settings for Heart Rate notifications were appearing in Apple Watch app (1st generation).

– Fixes an issue where app icons were not appearing in notifications on Apple Watch.

To snag the update, head on over to Settings > General > Software Update to install the update over the air or connect your device to your computer and install it manually via iTunes.

If you’ve tried the iOS 11.1 update and have any feedback to offer, please let us know about your experience in the comments.