Apple’s iOS 9 software gets its first bug-fixing update

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple’s new iPhone update has a bad security flaw.

There’s a video purporting to show that users can hack into an iPhone with Apple’s new iOS 9 update, allowing people to access a person’s contacts and photos. Apple released iOS 9 last week, bringing with it new features including a cleverer search and virtual assistant that is built to recognise what users want to do before they do it. Videos from vloggers iAppleBytes directly comparing the latest iOS 9.0.1 software to iOS 8.4.1 running on an iPhone 4S, 5 and 5S have also demonstrated a noticeable amount of slowdown with the new update. Speaking to Siri to help open the Clock app, and then clicking through, allows people unfettered access to the Photos and Contacts app, potentially making available personal data.

Additionally, the report said that tests were conducted with the iOS 9.01 update and the iOS 9.1 beta, but the fix hasn’t been made yet, according to the AppleInsider. The performance of Apple’s virtual assistant Siri actually seems to be slightly faster, although some users within Apple’s forums have disabled Siri’s new app prediction features in an attempt to speed up the rest of the phone. Apple has said that most iPhones have already upgraded to the new operating system — but some may have done so by using a workaround that allows phones to be reset if hit by the problem.

It should be noted that only devices protected by simple four- or six-digit passcodes are vulnerable to attack, while those with long alphanumeric passwords remain unaffected. Some updates – Google’s Android Lollipop in 2014 for example – focus on performance and optimisation, and can actually improve the speed of the smartphone or tablet they are installed on. On its release in 2014, iOS 8 caused issues for people upgrading because it demanded a 5GB of free of space meaning many had to delete music, apps and photos from their devices just to install the update.

Heading to the Settings app, clicking general and selecting Software update will start the process on the phone, which will then automatically download and install it. While some users will try and avoid updating to the latest version of iOS, it could put them at risk of security vulnerabilities and will eventually stop being supported by the latest apps, making an upgrade inevitable at some point.

Apple has already released the next major update of iOS to developers and those on its beta programme, which allows people to test out early versions of the software. Apple often sends out minor updates shortly after its major ones, correcting bugs and other issues that have been found since the release was pushed out to the public.

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