Settings in iOS 9: Every notable change you need to know

21 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Cyber attack: Apple suffers first major security breach, removes XcodeGhost infected iOS apps.

The Settings app is like the bedroom on every episode of Cribs: It’s where the magic happens. BEIJING: Hackers have infected one of China’s most popular social media applications on Apple’s App Store, Chinese Internet firm Tencent said, after dozens of programmes were reportedly affected by a rare breach in the US giant’s security. “A security flaw, caused by an external malware, was recently discovered affecting iOS users only on WeChat version 6.2.5,” Tencent said in a statement posted on the Wechat blog, adding the flaw had been repaired. “There has been no theft and leakage of users’ information or money.” Citing US-based cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks, the Wall Street Journal said that the attack affected more than three dozen apps.

Whenever you update iOS on your iPhone or iPad, it pays to peruse the settings to find, enable, and configure any new features just to your liking. iOS 9 doesn’t have quite as many settings changes as iOS 8 did, and the best addition by far is a Search box at the top of the main Settings menu, so if you can’t remember, say, where to enable Personal Hotspot (spoiler: Cellular) or how to turn off shake-to-undo (Accessibility), all you have to do is start typing in that Search box to pinpoint exactly where your desired setting lives. Apps infected by the malware — code-named XcodeGhost — could transmit information about a user’s device, mount phishing attacks to try to steal passwords, and access clipboard information, it said. Other firms said to be affected included Chinese ride-hailing app Didi Kuaidi, Internet portal NetEase, and mobile phone operator China Unicom, among several more. It worked its way into several apps by convincing developers to use a counterfeit version of Xcode, which is the software used to create iOS and Mac apps. Christine Monaghan, Apple spokesperson said that they have removed the apps from the App Store that they know have been created with this counterfeit software.

Anti-censorship group, which tracks Chinese Internet restrictions and events, said the attack appeared to originate in compromised versions of Xcode, Apple’s developer software, which were then used by Chinese programmers. “This is the most widespread and significant spread of malware in the history of the Apple app store, anywhere in the world,” it said. “Apple notoriously manually reviews all app submissions and, in comparison to Android stores, has been relatively malware-free.” This lets you put a separate PIN code on your SIM card, so if someone had your stolen or misplaced phone, they couldn’t use your SIM card in another device.

Again, pick something memorable because if you enter the wrong PIN too many times, your SIM will be permanently locked and you’ll have to ask your carrier for a new one. If you always want a certain app’s notifications on top, change Recent to Manual, and then you get a list of every app that sends you notifications, and you can slide them to your preferred order. You can still decide if notifications can appear in Notification Center, on the Lock Screen, or both, and if you want to be notified in the form of vanishing banners, must-be-dismissed alerts, a badged home screen icon, or a sound. Even without much change in the Notifications settings, it’s a good idea to “audit” your notifications from time to time, since they lose their impact if you have so many coming in that you start ignoring them altogether.

In iOS 8, you could change Siri’s voice from female to male, but in iOS 9, you can choose both Siri’s gender and accent: American, Australian, or British. (Yes, Siri can sound British even though your language is still set to United States English. For example, when you are near a Target or a Starbucks, those apps’ icons will appear on your lock screen, assuming you have the apps installed and have given them permission to access your location. Aside from location, iOS 9 can suggest apps based on your patterns—when you plug in your headphones at the end of a workday, your phone could suggest the podcast app you usually listen to on your commute home. iOS 8 had two switches here: One for My Apps, and another for App Store, which would allow your phone to suggest apps you don’t even have. The new Keyboard setting “Show Lowercase Keys” means that your software keyboard will toggle between lower-case and upper-case letters so you can always tell what kind of letter you’re about to type. This is where you can restrict certain things: Say, if you were giving this device to a kid and didn’t want them to have Safari or be able to install new apps or make in-app purchases.

The all-new Battery menu lets you manually enable Low Power Mode. (Your device will also offer to go into Low Power Mode when you reach 20 percent battery remaining, and again at 10 percent. You can also see which apps have been gobbling up the most of your battery life, by percentage. iOS 9 has a new little clock icon; tap it and you’ll also see how much time each app has been running, both on your screen and in the background. That way, it can suggest auto-complete addresses in Mail, or make an educated guess on the incoming-call screen as to who’s calling you, if that name and number aren’t in your Contacts list yet but are stashed in your email.

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