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iOS 12.1.1 Released


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Apple today released the iOS update to address several issues. This minor update adds features and fixes bugs for applicable iPhone and iPad models. The fixes include:

  • Notification preview using haptic touch on iPhone XR
  • Dual SIM with eSIM for additional carriers on iPhone XR, XS and XS Max
  • One tap to flip between the rear and front-facing camera during a FaceTime call
  • Live Photo capture during one-to-one FaceTime calls
  • The option to hide the sidebar in News on iPad in landscape orientation.

Further, several security issues were addressed.

To update your device, Apple has information at this website.

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Posted in Specs

iOS 11.3 Adds New AR Experiences, Animoji, Health Records and More


Apple has released iOS 11.3 which promises to deliver new experiences with augmented reality, new Animoji for iPhone X users, access to health records and more. For those concerned about battery health, there is more “visibility into the battery health and performance.”

The new ARKit updates allow for AR experiences with vertical surfaces and more accurate mapping of irregular surfaces. There is a promises “50 percent greater resolution” and support for auto-focus.

Animoji has added a lion, bear, dragon and skull. So, if you have an iPhone X, you can now use these new characters.

A new feature in beta is Business Chat that allows communication directly with businesses using the Messages app on iPhone and iPad. When performing certain searches, you may say the option to contact businesses using Messages to ask questions about products or services. The conversations can be continues on Apple Watch or Mac too.

The new Health Records feature helps patients of more than 40 health systems to view their medical records from their iPhone. The data is encrypted and protected with a passcode.

With recent revelations about Facebook and privacy, Apple has introduced updated data and privacy information to make it easier for you to understand and know when Apple is asking for access to personal information.

Last, 11.3 adds the ability to better see your battery health. Go to Settings > Battery > Battery Health (Beta) to learn more.

A final list of additional features includes:

  • Apple Music now streams music videos uninterrupted by ads. Users can watch the hottest new videos, classics or ones from their favorite artists back-to-back in new music video playlists.
  • Apple News makes it easier to stay up-to-date on the most important videos of the day with a new Video group in For You, and improved Top Stories.
  • Commuters in Beijing and Shanghai can begin using Apple Pay on their iPhone and Apple Watch for an easy, fast and secure ride on Metro and bus lines.
  • Apple TV app, a unified place for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV users to discover and start watching the best shows and movies, will launch in Brazil and Mexico. These markets join Apple TV app users in the US, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Norway, Sweden and the UK.
  • Brazil will gain Siri support on Apple TV 4K and Apple TV (4th generation), making it possible to search for and access movies, shows, songs, apps and more, using just your voice.
  • HomeKit software authentication provides a great new way for developers to add HomeKit support to existing accessories while protecting privacy and security.
  • Support for Advanced Mobile Location (AML) to automatically send a user’s current location when making a call to emergency services in countries where AML is supported.
Posted in Accessories, Specs

New iPad 9.7 Supports Pencil


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Apple has released a new 9.7-inch iPad with Pencil support and a Retina display. The new device has an A10 Fusion chip, so you can mutlitask, an 8MP rear camera with 1080p HD video and support for augmented reality. The screen resolution is 2048 x 1536.

With the recently released updates to the iWork suite than now support Apple Pencil, the device can be an all in one capture, editing and collaboration tool.

The iPad models now come in the following sizes: 12.9″, 10.5″, 9.7″ and 7.9″ with varying power, displays and with the exception of the 7.9″ all support the Apple Pencil. You can compare models, prices, and features here.

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iOS 9.3.3 Released – How to Install


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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.

Posted in Review, Specs

New iPad Pro Available Today – Compare


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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.

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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.