Items tagged with ios 15

A couple weeks ago, we wrote about a potentially frustrating iOS 15 messaging bug that could permanently delete precious photos saved to your iPhone, in certain circumstances. This was even present on the iOS 15.1 beta 2 build, which made us nervous that a fix might still be a bit off in the distance. Fortunately, that didn't end up being the case. Apple said it has addressed the issue in its latest iOS 15.0.1 update. If you own an iPhone device, you can download the update right now—just head to Settings > General > Software Update and it should appear. We checked on an iPhone XS Max and, on that device, it showed up as a 500.1MB download. So depending on how fast or slow your internet... Read more...
Attention fellow iPhone users, if you have any precious photos nestled inside text messaging threads, be careful not to delete those threads, even if you have saved those photos to your camera roll. Otherwise, you risk losing those pictures forever. The culprit is a weird bug in iOS 15 and/or iCloud, and as of the latest incremental beta update, it appears to still be present. Normally, if you save a photo from an text messaging conversation to your camera roll, it won't go anywhere until when and if you decided to manually delete it. And that is how it should be, as that is the whole point of saving a photo (well, that and the convenience of not having to hunt around message threads for a particular... Read more...
Another Apple iPhone launch event has come and gone, with the company's latest flagship and mid-range phones already shipping to customers, arriving on front porches just a few short days ago. In a second consecutive year of component shortages, Apple's deep resources and influence seemed to mitigate any potential issues securing chip fab space, which means there's plenty of iPhone supply to go around. This year's devices bring a mix of needed catch-up features, improvements and interesting bonuses that are designed to set the company's smartphones apart from its Android-bearing rivals.  Despite that, it kind of feels like some of the magic has worn off. These days it's easy to get... Read more...
Like many big tech companies including Microsoft and Google, Apple has a bug bounty program that pays big bucks for newly-discovered security vulnerabilities. The fees for confirmed reports of issues range from $25,000 for "limited" unauthorized control of an iCloud account, to a cool million bucks for a zero-click remote chain with full kernel access without requiring user interaction. Of course companies build good will by following through on their promises of payment in these programs. When a researcher feels ignored, however, that can break trust in the program and leave vulnerabilities unpatched and exposed.  In a recent Washington Post article, several security researchers shared... Read more...
After going through numerous betas during the summer, Apple today released iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 for iPhones and iPads (and just days ahead of the iPhone 13 launch). As is typical for most recent new Apple software releases, iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 are all about steady refinements instead of bringing drastic changes to the familiar operating systems. From this point on, we'll refer to the two operating systems as simply iOS 15 (except where noted). Some of the new features that Apple brings to the table include SharePlay, which allows you to maintain FaceTime video chats with friends/family as you watch TV and movies or listen to music. FaceTime has also been enhanced with Spatial Audio, a feature... Read more...
Apple has teamed up with a handful of states to roll out digital driver's license and state ID support for the upcoming iOS 15 software update. iOS 15 will likely launch later this month with the iPhone 13 family and supports devices dating back to the first-generation iPhone SE and iPhone 6s/6s Plus. With this new feature, iPhone users will be able to, for example, easily add their driver's license to the Apple Wallet. The process is similar to how you currently add a credit card to the Wallet in that you'll first need to scan the front of your driver's license with your iPhone's camera. You'll also be required to take a selfie and complete a "series of facial and head movements" during setup.... Read more...
Apple today announced the latest iteration of iOS, predictably called iOS 15. Apple once again isn't focused on massive visual upgrades or major rethinks to how the UI works. Still, many thoughtful tweaks throughout iOS 15 make your everyday experience more productive and enjoyable. Kicking things off with FaceTime, Apple is adding Spatial Audio for a more immersive experience. In addition, voice isolation technology uses machine learning to filter out unwanted background noise, and Wide Spectrum mode allows you to hear the "entire symphony's worth of sound" during calls. There's a new grid view with highlighted boxes around the currently-speaking participant, and Portrait Mode is now available,... Read more...
It's the first weekend of June, and that means once again it's almost time for Apple's World Wide Developer's Conference. The annual WWDC is always good for learning about what new software features the company has cooked up for its many platforms, including the Mac, iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch, and more. Like last year, this year's WWDC is a little different than most, since it's going to be hosted online virtually rather than in person as in 2019 and prior. Still, we expect a whole lot of new and interesting things to pop up. Software to Complement New Hardware Apple's yearly cadence of operating system releases means we'll probably get a first look at all of Apple's operating systems. Of course,... Read more...