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iOS 9.3.3 Released – How to Install


iOS9 logo

Apple has released iOS version 9.3.3. As always, make a backup of your iOS device before performing the update.

To update, tap Settings > General > Software Update. Then tap on install. You may be required to use a Wi-Fi network.

According to Apple, the new release includes the following security fixes and improvements:

Calendar

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A maliciously crafted calendar invite may cause a device to unexpectedly restart

Description: A null pointer dereference was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4605 : Henry Feldman MD at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

CoreGraphics

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4637 : Tyler Bohan of Cisco Talos (talosintel.com/vulnerability-reports)

FaceTime

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 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.

CVE-2016-4635 : Martin Vigo

ImageIO

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to cause a denial of service

Description: A memory consumption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4632 : Evgeny Sidorov of Yandex

ImageIO

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A remote attacker may be able to execute arbitrary code

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4631 : Tyler Bohan of Cisco Talos (talosintel.com/vulnerability-reports)

IOAcceleratorFamily

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local user may be able to read kernel memory

Description: An out-of-bounds read was addressed through improved bounds checking.

CVE-2016-4628 : Ju Zhu of Trend Micro

IOAcceleratorFamily

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local user may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: A null pointer dereference was addressed through improved validation.

CVE-2016-4627 : Ju Zhu of Trend Micro

IOHIDFamily

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local user may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: A null pointer dereference was addressed through improved input validation.

CVE-2016-4626 : Stefan Esser of SektionEins

Kernel

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local user may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-1863 : Ian Beer of Google Project Zero

CVE-2016-1864 : Ju Zhu of Trend Micro

CVE-2016-4582 : Shrek_wzw and Proteas of Qihoo 360 Nirvan Team

Kernel

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local user may be able to cause a system denial of service

Description: A null pointer dereference was addressed through improved input validation.

CVE-2016-1865 : CESG, Marco Grassi (@marcograss) of KeenLab (@keen_lab), Tencent

libxml2

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in libxml2

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-1836 : Wei Lei and Liu Yang of Nanyang Technological University

CVE-2016-4447 : Wei Lei and Liu Yang of Nanyang Technological University

CVE-2016-4448 : Apple

CVE-2016-4483 : Gustavo Grieco

CVE-2016-4614 : Nick Wellnhofer

CVE-2016-4615 : Nick Wellnhofer

CVE-2016-4616 : Michael Paddon

CVE-2016-4619 : Hanno Boeck

libxml2

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Parsing a maliciously crafted XML document may lead to disclosure of user information

Description: An access issue existed in the parsing of maliciously crafted XML files. This issue was addressed through improved input validation.

CVE-2016-4449 : Kostya Serebryany

libxslt

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Multiple vulnerabilities in libxslt

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-1684 : Nicolas Grégoire

CVE-2016-4607 : Nick Wellnhofer

CVE-2016-4608 : Nicolas Grégoire

CVE-2016-4609 : Nick Wellnhofer

CVE-2016-4610 : Nick Wellnhofer

CVE-2016-4612 : Nicolas Grégoire

Safari

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a malicious website may lead to user interface spoofing

Description: Redirect responses to invalid ports may have allowed a malicious website to display an arbitrary domain while displaying arbitrary content. This issue was addressed through improved URL display logic.

CVE-2016-4604 : xisigr of Tencent’s Xuanwu Lab (www.tencent.com)

Sandbox Profiles

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A local application may be able to access the process list

Description: An access issue existed with privileged API calls. This issue was addressed through additional restrictions.

CVE-2016-4594 : Stefan Esser of SektionEins

Siri Contacts

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A person with physical access to a device may be able to see private contact information

Description: A privacy issue existed in the handling of Contact cards. This was addressed through improved state management.

CVE-2016-4593 : Pedro Pinheiro (facebook.com/pedro.pinheiro.1996)

Web Media

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Viewing a video in Safari’s Private Browsing mode displays the URL of the video outside of Private Browsing mode

Description: A privacy issue existed in the handling of user data by Safari View Controller. This issue was addressed through improved state management.

CVE-2016-4603 : Brian Porter (@portex33)

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may result in the disclosure of process memory

Description: A memory initialization issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4587 : Apple

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a malicious website may disclose image data from another website

Description: A timing issue existed in the processing of SVG. This issue was addressed through improved validation.

CVE-2016-4583 : Roeland Krak

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may compromise user information on the file system

Description: A permissions issue existed in the handling of the location variable. This was addressed though additional ownership checks.

CVE-2016-4591 : ma.la of LINE Corporation

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4589 : Tongbo Luo and Bo Qu of Palo Alto Networks

CVE-2016-4622 : Samuel Gross working with Trend Micro’s Zero Day Initiative

CVE-2016-4623 : Apple

CVE-2016-4624 : Apple

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a malicious website may lead to user interface spoofing

Description: An origin inheritance issue existed in parsing of about: URLs. This was addressed through improved validation of security origins.

CVE-2016-4590 : xisigr of Tencent’s Xuanwu Lab (www.tencent.com)

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted webpage may lead to a system denial of service

Description: A memory consumption issue was addressed through improved memory handling.

CVE-2016-4592 : Mikhail

WebKit JavaScript Bindings

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to script execution in the context of a non-HTTP service

Description: A cross-protocol cross-site scripting (XPXSS) issue existed in Safari when submitting forms to non-HTTP services compatible with HTTP/0.9. This issue was addressed by disabling scripts and plugins on resources loaded over HTTP/0.9.

CVE-2016-4651 : Obscure

WebKit Page Loading

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: A malicious website may exfiltrate data cross-origin

Description: A cross-site scripting issue existed in Safari URL redirection. This issue was addressed through improved URL validation on redirection.

CVE-2016-4585 : Takeshi Terada of Mitsui Bussan Secure Directions, Inc. (www.mbsd.jp)

WebKit Page Loading

Available for: iPhone 4s and later, iPod touch (5th generation) and later, iPad 2 and later

Impact: Visiting a maliciously crafted website may lead to arbitrary code execution

Description: Multiple memory corruption issues were addressed through improved memory handling.

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New iPad Pro Available Today – Compare


Credit Apple Inc.

Credit Apple Inc.

The new iPad Pro 9.7 inch is finally available to those who ordered it early and at various store locations. The new smaller iPad pro works with the Apple Pencil and has a smart keyboard available as well. Don’t forget, the smart keyboard acts as a cover for the front, but not the back. If you want a cover for the back, consider Apple’s silicone case in various colors.

If you can’t figure out which model is right for you, check out the Apple Compare iPad page. There, you can compare sizes, colors, wi-fi v. cellular v. combinations, etc. You can also see the differences between the cameras, memory, processors, touch ID and Apple Pay availability and more.

Posted in Commentary, Specs

128 GB iPad with Retina Display Announced


Apple® today announced a 128GB* version of the fourth generation iPad® with Retina® display. The 128GB iPad with Wi-Fi and iPad with Wi-Fi + Cellular models provide twice the storage capacity of the 64GB models to hold even more valuable content including photos, documents, projects, presentations, books, movies, TV shows, music and apps.

“With more than 120 million iPads sold, it’s clear that customers around the world love their iPads, and everyday they are finding more great reasons to work, learn and play on their iPads rather than their old PCs,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With twice the storage capacity and an unparalleled selection of over 300,000 native iPad apps, enterprises, educators and artists have even more reasons to use iPad for all their business and personal needs.”

iPad continues to have a significant impact on business with virtually all of the Fortune 500 and over 85 percent of the Global 500 currently deploying or testing iPad. Companies regularly utilizing large amounts of data such as 3D CAD files, X-rays, film edits, music tracks, project blueprints, training videos and service manuals all benefit from having a greater choice of storage options for iPad. The over 10 million iWork® users, and customers who rely on other incredible apps like Global Apptitude for analyzing team film and creating digital playbooks, Auria for an incredible 48 track recording system, or AutoCAD for drafting architectural and engineering drawings, also benefit greatly from having the choice of an iPad with more storage capacity.

This information if from Apple’s press release.

 

 

Posted in Commentary, Specs

iPad, iPad Mini Manual and User Guide


If you were looking for a manual on using your iPad or iPad mini, it was not in the box.  However, you can download the 130 + page PDF directly from Apple. The file is about a 13 MB download, so you may want to wait for Wi-Fi access before downloading.

iPad User Guide Cover

This PDF comes in many languages. If you are looking for a language other than English, try this page and select the language you need.

The guide has 27 chapters that covers everything from the Basics, using Mail, Calendar, Siri, Messages, Photos, Contacts, Maps, Notes and more.

Sometimes, just flipping through the manual presents you with unexpectedly useful information.

 

 

 

Posted in App, Specs

How to Get Emoji Keyboard on iPad


Want to use those little emoji smiley face symbols to send friends messages or emails? You can modify your iPad keyboard to accomplish that. Make sure you are using the latest iOS.

NOTE for iOS 7, follow this link.

Go to Settings > General > Keyboard. Tap on Add New Keyboard.

You will be presented with a list. Tap on Emoji.

Now, open an app, any app that uses a keyboard. You will be presented with a reminder and a new icon will be next to the spacebar. It looks like a globe.

Tap on the globe and you will be presented with all kinds of symbols and choices. Tap on the various icons at the bottom to choose a set and scroll through the set from right to left to see how many pages of icons you have.

Tap an icon and tap the globe symbol to get back to the regular keyboard.

You can read more at the Apple support article.

Posted in Review, Specs

iPad3 – Quick Overview


In an outline form, based on today’s presentation of the iPad3, these are the top 10 features:

1. Retina Display – icon, text, maps, and photos sharper. 2048 x 1536 pixels which is over 3.1 million pixels on the display.  (HDTV is 1920 x 1080) iPad shows over 1 million more pixels. 264 pixels per inch. When held at normal distance of 15″ your retina cannot differentiate individual pixels. There is also 44% greater color saturation. 4 x the number of pixels.
2.  A5X chip Quad Core Graphics designed for the Retina Display. 4X performance graphics. Image stabilization built in.

3. iSight Camera on back v. Front face time camera. 5 megapixel sensor, backside illumination, 5-element lens, Hybrid IR filter, Apple-Designed . Auto exposure, Auto focus, Auto White Balance, Auto Face detection, Auto Exposure lock.

4. HD 1080p HD Video recording. Video stabilization, temporal noise reduction for low light situations.

5. Voice dictation. Microphone at bottom of keyboard translates text into type in apps like Mail.

6. Next Generation Wireless 4G-LTE Network. Theoretical maximum download of 73 MBPS. No matter which carrier, 3G world ready. Personal hotspot shared up to 5 devices.

7. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

8. Battery life – 10 hours for normal operations, 9 hour life on 4G.

9. Dimensions. Thin.  9.4 mm.

10. Available March 16th – Pre-Orders start today.

COMPARISON from Apple Inc.

Models

Wi-Fi Wi-Fi + 4GLTE

Size and Weight1

  • Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
  • Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
  • Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)
  • Weight: 1.44 pounds (652 g)
    • Height: 9.50 inches (241.2 mm)
    • Width: 7.31 inches (185.7 mm)
    • Depth: 0.37 inch (9.4 mm)
    • Weight: 1.46 pounds (662 g)

Learn more about iPad with
Wi-Fi + 4G

Storage2

16GB
32GB
64GB
16GB
32GB
64GB

Display

  • Retina display
  • 9.7-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 2048-by-1536-pixel resolution at 264 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
  • Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously

Chip

  • Dual-core Apple A5X custom-designed, high-performance, low-power system-on-a-chip with quad-core graphics

Wireless and Cellular

  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • Wi-Fi (802.11a/b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 4.0 technology
  • Wi-Fi + 4G for AT&T model: LTE (700, 2100 MHz)3; UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Wi-Fi + 4G for Verizon model: LTE (700 MHz)3; CDMA EV-DO Rev. A (800, 1900 MHz); UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • Data only4

Carriers

Cameras, Photos, and Video Recording

  • 5-megapixel iSight camera
  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus
  • Face detection in still images
  • Video recording, HD (1080p) up to 30 frames per second with audio
  • Video stabilization
  • FaceTime camera with VGA-quality photos and video at up to 30 frames per second
  • Photo and video geotagging

Battery and Power5

  • Built-in 42.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system
  • Built-in 42.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music
  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using cellular data network
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Input and Output

  • 30-pin dock connector port
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
  • Built-in speaker
  • Microphone
  • 30-pin dock connector port
  • 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack
  • Built-in speaker
  • Microphone
  • Micro-SIM card tray

Sensors

  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor
  • Gyroscope

Location

  • Wi-Fi
  • Digital compass
  • Wi-Fi
  • Digital compass
  • Assisted GPS
  • Cellular

Audio Playback

  • Frequency response: 20Hz to 20,000Hz
  • Audio formats supported: HE-AAC (V1 and V2), AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, and 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV
  • User-configurable maximum volume limit
  • Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound pass-through with Apple Digital AV Adapter (sold separately)

TV and Video

  • AirPlay Mirroring to Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation) at 720p
  • AirPlay video streaming to Apple TV (3rd generation) at up to 1080p and Apple TV (2nd generation) at up to 720p
  • Video mirroring and video out support: Up to 1080p with Apple Digital AV Adapter or Apple VGA Adapter (adapters sold separately)
  • Video out support at 576i and 480i with Apple Composite AV Cable (cable sold separately)
  • Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Mail Attachment Support

Viewable document types: .jpg, .tiff, .gif (images); .doc and .docx (Microsoft Word); .htm and .html (web pages); .key (Keynote); .numbers (Numbers); .pages (Pages); .pdf (Preview and Adobe Acrobat); .ppt and .pptx (Microsoft PowerPoint); .txt (text); .rtf (rich text format); .vcf (contact information); .xls and .xlsx (Microsoft Excel)

Languages

  • Language support for English (U.S.), English (UK), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Arabic, Catalan, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
  • Keyboard support for English (U.S.), English (UK), Chinese – Simplified (Handwriting, Pinyin, Stroke), Chinese – Traditional (Handwriting, Pinyin, Zhuyin, Cangjie, Stroke), French, French (Canadian), French (Switzerland), German (Germany), German (Switzerland), Italian, Japanese (Romaji, Kana), Korean, Spanish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Catalan, Cherokee, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Emoji, Estonian, Finnish, Flemish, Greek, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Macedonian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Serbian (Cyrillic/Latin), Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Tibetan, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
  • Dictionary support (enables predictive text and autocorrect) for English (U.S.), English (UK), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, French (Canadian), French (Switzerland), German, Italian, Japanese (Romaji, Kana), Korean, Spanish, Arabic, Catalan, Cherokee, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, Flemish, Greek, Hawaiian, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Ukrainian, Vietnamese
  • Dictation support for English (U.S., UK, and Australian), French, German, Japanese

Accessibility

  • VoiceOver screen reader
  • Support for playback of closed-captioned content
  • AssistiveTouch interface for adaptive accessories
  • Full-screen zoom magnification
  • Large fonts
  • White on black display
  • Left/right volume adjustment

Environmental Requirements

  • Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
  • Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)
  • Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
  • Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)

System Requirements

  • Apple ID (required for some features)
  • Internet access6
  • Syncing with iTunes on a Mac or PC requires:
    • Mac: OS X v10.5.8 or later
    • PC: Windows 7; Windows Vista; or Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
    • iTunes 10.6 or later (free download from http://www.itunes.com/download)

In the Box

  • iPad
  • Dock Connector to USB Cable
  • 10W USB Power Adapter
  • Documentation

Built-in Apps

SafariPhotosApp StoreMaps

Photo Booth

Reminders

Camera

MailFaceTimeiTunesMusic

YouTube

Calendar

Learn more about Built-in apps

MessagesNewsstandVideosGame Center

Contacts

Notes

Apps updated to take advantage of retina display and resolution.

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How to Backup iPad App Data Files


As the end of the year approaches, you may have resigned to make more and better backups. That may be relatively easy for your computer, but what about all the data you have on your iPad?

Here’s one way you can backup the data from your iPad.

You will need the computer you sync your iPad with, iTunes, your iPad, and a cable for faster transfer than wi-fi.

iTunes Screen

1. Open iTunes and plug in your iPad.

2. Within iTunes, Select the iPad you want to get the data from the Devices Column on the left side.

3. Within iTunes, tap Apps Category (towards the top).

4. Scroll down to bottom of page where Apps are listed.

5. Tap on an app and see what data is listed in the space to the right.

6. Tap on the space to the right where the documents are listed. Select the files you want to back up or select all to back them all up.

7. Tap “Save to…” and navigate to the folder where you want to save the data. You can even navigate to a Dropbox folder if you want to access the files via Dropbox later.

8. Now your data is backed up.

To reload the backed up  information to your iPad, within iTunes, under Apps, you would click on the app and then the section on the right. You can then drag and drop the data or click on the “Add…” add button to add the data back to the iPad. Basically you will be dragging and dropping the files to add back and syncing.

After that, you would need to click on the “Sync” button to load the data back onto the iPad.

Voila, your app data is saved and you can reload it on your iPad when needed.