iOS 10.2.1 update plugs multiple security holes

Apple's iOS 10.2.1 update is now available to the public. The new version doesn't include major feature changes or improvements, but it fixes a number of bugs and security holes plaguing the current version of the OS.

Before this patch, it was possible for certain applications or websites to execute malicious code with system privileges. It was also possible for sites to bring up pop-up windows through the WebKit engine that powers Safari, the App Store, and other iOS applications that pull up webpages. Finally, Apple patched a vulnerability that allowed a device's home screen to display even when that device was activation-locked.

The update is available for any device already running iOS 10. That includes the iPhone 5 and newer, the fourth-generation iPad and newer, the iPad Mini 2 and newer, any iPad Pro, and the sixth-generation iPod Touch.

MacRumors notes that the update should be followed shortly by a beta for iOS 10.3, which is rumored to include a new Theater Mode. Industry watchers are still unsure of what that could be, but there are guesses ranging from a mode that shuts down notifications and tweaks colors for a better movie-watching experience to a so-called "dark mode" that would let users more easily check their phones in theaters.

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    • Shinare
    • 3 years ago

    Just saw a news article that Apple claims it will be including a revolutionary, “never before seen on a smartphone”, feature in it’s next update. It will add the ability to unlock your phone with facial recognition software.

    Not sure but this may be another “alternative fact”. Hasn’t android had “face unlock” for a while now? Perhaps as far back as 2012?

      • tipoo
      • 3 years ago

      I’d like to see where Apple itself, and not headline grabbing news blogs, claimed it was never before seen. And if they use it for 2FA with the fingerprint scanner, I can’t think of it being used in that particular way before, even if face unlock is old.

      • Kharnellius
      • 3 years ago

      So by me just having a pic of any of my friends I could unlock their phone? Sounds like a liability instead of a feature.

        • tipoo
        • 3 years ago

        Liveness checks have long been part of face detection. Facial muscle movement monitoring, Microsofts Windows Hello can even see blood move under your skin, etc.

    • trackerben
    • 3 years ago

    Dark Mode UI… oooh… one can dream

    • tipoo
    • 3 years ago

    Handoff has been super flaky for me, not sure if it coincided with Sierra, clicking Safari in the dock to open an iPhone page on a laptop just ends in a white page. Wonder if either of the patches for both platforms will fix it.

    • CuttinHobo
    • 3 years ago

    Theater Mode better be the former – disabling notifications and such. If it encourages fools to play with their phones while at the theater, I’ma cut somebody.

    • derFunkenstein
    • 3 years ago

    Seems to have fixed my pet bug with PDFkit, which is nice. Same for [url=http://www.macrumors.com/2017/01/23/apple-releases-macos-sierra-10-12-3/<]macOS 10.12.3[/url<]. Amazing that a tech that really hasn't changed in the last decade is still problematic for Apple, but at least people will quit bugging me about not being able to view emailed, password-encrypted PDFs on their iPhone.

      • blastdoor
      • 3 years ago

      [quote<]Amazing that a tech that really hasn't changed in the last decade is still problematic for Apple[/quote<] Very true, but the bar is pretty low in mobile. The fact that Apple can actually push out an update to the vast majority of its installed base is actually a distinguishing feature of the platform. How sad is that?

        • derFunkenstein
        • 3 years ago

        Yes and no. Google could have fixed my issue without a whole OS update. Between Google Play Services and the fact that the Play store has an awful lot of system apps, I don’t think this would have dragged on since early-to-mid December.

        It’s truly awful how Android OEMs play games with updates, but at the same time Apple could learn a thing or two about updating built-in apps from the App Store.

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