Apple Patches Exploits Used in Latest Pangu Jailbreak With iOS 9.1

Apple’s iOS 9.1 update, which the company started to seed on Wednesday, patches two of the exploits used by the popular Chinese hacking team Pangu to provide a jailbreak for devices running iOS 9.0through iOS 9.0.2.

The vulnerabilities, which Apple has patched with the recent most update, also allowed a malicious app to take over many privileges that the company doesn’t offer otherwise. Furthermore, an attacker could exploit the vulnerability to execute arbitrary code on the device.

If you’re familiar with jailbreaking, you would know the security implications are nothing new. But still, one needs to be wary of the potential consequences of jailbreaking a system. There is always a risk that the people whose tools you’re using are lying about the modifications they have made. And of course, sometimes people write programs that are not strong from the security standpoint, making the device prone to exploits.

But ideally one should stick with Apple’s official software cycle. If you’ve jailbroken your device, you should be able to get on the official build by installing iOS 9.1. And of course, if you ever want to jailbreak your device again, it is highly likely that Pangu, as well as, other big names like redsn0w will find a way to break the new software version as well.

Apple’s iOS 9.1 update with patches comes less than two weeks after Pangu released its iOS 9 jailbreaking Windows tool that allowed a user to perform an “untethered” jailbreak of devices running iOS 9.0 through iOS 9.0.2.

iOS 9.1, OS X 10.11.1 With New Emojis and More Now Available for Download

Apple has released the iOS 9.1 and OS 10.11.1 updates for eligible iOS devices and Macs respectively. Apple has also rolled out the watchOS 2.0.1 update to Apple Watch users.

iOS 9.1 brings improvements to Live Photos feature introduced in the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus, over 150 new emoji characters (including the middle finger), and improved performance in the multi-tasking UI, apart from a host of other bug fixes detailed below.

(Also see: iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus: How to Use Live Photos)

Here are the release notes of the iOS 9.1 update:

This release includes new features, improvements and bug fixes, including:

  • Live Photos now intelligently senses when you raise or lower your iPhone, so that Live Photos will automatically not record these movements
  • Over 150 new emoji characters with full support for Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 emojis
  • Improved stability including CarPlay, Music, Photos, Safari and Search
  • Improved performance while in Multitasking UI
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Calendar to become unresponsive in Month view
  • Fixes an issue that prevented Game Centre from launching for some users
  • Resolves an issue that zoomed the content of some apps
  • Resolves an issue that could cause an incorrect unread mail count for POP mail accounts
  • Fixes an issue that prevented users from removing recent contacts from new mail or messages
  • Fixes an issue that caused some messages to not appear in Mail search results
  • Resolves an issue that left a grey bar in the body of an Audio Message
  • Fixes an issue that caused activation errors on some carriers
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some apps from updating from the App Store

OS X 10.11.1 also adds support for the new emojis, apart from bringing a host of bug fixes, including improved compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016. Here are the release notes:

The OS X El Capitan 10.11.1 update improves the stability, compatibility, and security of your Mac, and is recommended for all users.

This update:

  • Improves installer reliability when upgrading to OS X El Capitan
  • Improves compatibility with Microsoft Office 2016
  • Fixes an issue where outgoing server information may be missing from Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevented display of messages and mailboxes in Mail
  • Resolves an issue that prevents certain Audio Unit plug-ins from functioning properly
  • Improves VoiceOver reliability
  • Adds over 150 new emoji characters with full Unicode 7.0 and 8.0 support
  • Resolves an issue that caused JPEG images to appear as a grey or green box in Preview

Continuing the theme, watchOS 2.0.1 brings new emojis to the Apple Watch, while the Cupertino-based company is also claiming improvements to the battery life with the update. Here are the release notes:

This update contains new emoji characters, performance improvements, and bug fixes, including:

  • Fixes an issue that could cause software updates to stall
  • Fixes issues that were impacting battery performance
  • Resolves an issue that prevented a managed iPhone from syncing iOS Calendar events to Apple Watch
  • Addresses an issue that could prevent location information from properly updating
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Digital Touch to send from an email address instead of a phone number
  • Addresses an issue that could cause instability when using a Live Photo as a watch face
  • Resolves an issue that allows the sensors to stay on indefinitely when using Siri to measure heart rate

Apple has also detailed the security contents of the watchOS 2.0.1 and iOS 9.1 updates, should you be into that kind of stuff.

As always, iOS updates are available over-the-air (OTA) on your device (Settings -> General -> Software Update) as well as via iTunes on your PC or Mac. Apple Watch updates are available via the Apple Watch app on your iPhone, and OS X updates are available via the Updates tab inside the Mac App Store app. We recommend taking a backup of your device before installing any updates.

iWork Apps Get Support for New Features on OS X El Capitan, iOS 9

Apple has updated the iWork productivity suite on OS X and iOS to take advantage of several new features and capabilities it introduced with OS X El Capitan and iOS 9. The company is adding support for Force Touch, 3D Touch and adding a range of multitasking features to iWork apps.

iWork – the productivity suite that consists of Pages, Numbers, and Keynote applications – in addition to the new support for 3D Touch, a capability that allows users to get contextual options when hard pressing an app, also gets a range of Force Touch gestures in each of the aforementioned apps. You can now Force click on an image and quickly begin editing it. The Force gesture also comes with built-in haptic feedback. You will, of course, need the new Force Touch Magic Trackpad, or the Retina MacBook Pro or the new MacBook to take advantage of this addition.

Coming to the mobile side, you can now open some older documents in the apps. Keynote and Pagescan now open presentations and documents from the 2006 and 2008 versions of the software.Numbers, similarly, will allow you to open spreadsheets created with the 2008 version of the software. Moving on, you will now be able to preview shared Pages, Keynote, and Numbers documents on iOS, as well as Android devices.

As mentioned above, iWork apps for iOS now support multitasking features (Split View, Slide Over, Picture in Picture) as well as 3D Touch on the new iPhone models – the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The three apps have also gained new multi-touch gestures for selecting text, and a new Shortcut Bar which offers quick access to formatting tools. The apps also support new keyboard shortcuts when connected to a wireless keyboard.

In addition, all the apps come with a range of improvements. Check out the complete changelog.

Pages 2.6 for iOS

Multitask while editing using new Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture on iPad*

Quickly access formatting tools from the new Shortcut Bar on iPad

Easily select text using new Multi-Touch gestures on iPad

Use keyboard shortcuts when connected to a wireless keyboard

Support for new 3D Touch

Open Pages ’08 and ’06 documents

Preview shared documents on iOS and Android browsers

View and restore changes made to a document over time

New Apple-designed templates: Kids Certificate, Classic Certificate, School Newsletter

Easily access recently used fonts in the Fonts menu

Add reference lines to charts

Enhanced bidirectional support for Arabic and Hebrew

Improved Word compatibility for charts, text overflows and non-rectangular masks

Improved Word export

Improved ePub export

Many accessibility improvements:

VoiceOver can now read relevant text formatting details including font name and font size while editing

Add and review comments with VoiceOver

Track changes with VoiceOver

Add, remove and rearrange rows, columns and cells with VoiceOver

Get table header information with VoiceOver

Edit chart data and chart elements with VoiceOver

Change document settings with VoiceOver

Split View is available on iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4

Keynote 2.6 for iOS

Multitask while editing using new Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture on iPad*

Quickly access formatting tools from the new Shortcut Bar on iPad

Easily select text using new Multi-Touch gestures on iPad

Use keyboard shortcuts when connected to a wireless keyboard

Support for new 3D Touch

Open Keynote ’08 and ’06 presentations

Edit and present in portrait orientation

Preview shared documents on iOS and Android browsers

View and restore changes made to a document over time

New build animation: Line Draw

New Apple-designed themes: Modern Type, Exhibition, Drafting

Easily access recently used fonts in the Fonts menu

Add reference lines to charts

Full bidirectional support for Arabic and Hebrew

Improved PowerPoint compatibility for charts, text overflows, non-rectangular masks, animation mapping, and theme import and export

Improved PowerPoint export

Many accessibility improvements:

VoiceOver can now read relevant text formatting details including font name and font size while editing

Easily edit presenter notes with VoiceOver

VoiceOver can now read presenter notes during slideshows

Edit chart data and chart elements with VoiceOver

Add, remove and rearrange rows, columns and cells with VoiceOver

Get table header information with VoiceOver

Add and review comments with VoiceOver

Numbers 2.6 for iOS

Multitask while editing using new Slide Over, Split View and Picture in Picture on iPad*

Quickly access formatting tools from the new Shortcut Bar on iPad

Easily select text using new Multi-Touch gestures on iPad

Use keyboard shortcuts when connected to a wireless keyboard

Support for new 3D Touch

Open Numbers ’08 spreadsheets

Preview shared documents on iOS and Android browsers

View and restore changes made to a document over time

Easily access recently used fonts in the Fonts menu

Add reference lines to charts

Improved Excel compatibility for charts, text overflows and non-rectangular masks

Improved Excel export

Many accessibility improvements:

Add, remove and rearrange rows, columns and cells with VoiceOver

Get table header information with VoiceOver

Edit chart data and chart elements with VoiceOver

Interact with checkbox, sliders, stepper, star ratings and pop-up menu cells with VoiceOver

VoiceOver can now read relevant text formatting details including font name and font size while editing

Add and review comments with VoiceOver

Access print preview with VoiceOver

Pages 5.6 for OS X

Multitask while editing using new Split View in El Capitan

Open Pages ’08 and ’06 documents

Shared Pages documents can now be previewed on iOS and Android browsers

Force click images and get haptic feedback as you edit using Force Touch trackpad

New Apple-designed templates: ePub, Kids Certificate, Classic Certificate, School Newsletter

Easily access recently used fonts in the Fonts menu

Enhanced support for OpenType font features like small caps, contextual fractions, alternative glyphs and more

View Collections, Moments, Favorites and Shared Albums from Photos in the Media Browser

Add reference lines to charts

Create table, chart and shape styles from an image

Add and review comments with VoiceOver

Track changes with VoiceOver

Edit chart data and chart elements with VoiceOver

Additional AppleScript options for PDF export

Additional AppleScript options for ePub export

Improved Word compatibility for charts, text overflows and non-rectangular masks

Improved Word export

Improved ePub export

Improved EndNote support

Keynote 6.6 for OS X

Multitask while editing using new Split View in El Capitan

Open Keynote ’08 and ’06 presentations

Shared Keynote presentations can now be previewed on iOS and Android browsers

Force click images and get haptic feedback as you edit using Force Touch trackpad

New build animation: Line Draw

New Apple-designed themes: Modern Type, Exhibition, Drafting

Easily access recently used fonts in the Fonts menu

Enhanced support for OpenType font features like small caps, contextual fractions, alternative glyphs and more

View Collections, Moments, Favorites and Shared Albums from Photos in the Media Browser

Add reference lines to charts

Create table, chart and shape styles from an image

Easily edit presenter notes with VoiceOver

VoiceOver can now read presenter notes during slideshows

Edit chart data and chart elements with VoiceOver

Add and review comments with VoiceOver

Full bidirectional support for Arabic and Hebrew

Additional AppleScript options for PDF export

Additional AppleScript options for PowerPoint export

Improved PowerPoint compatibility for charts, text overflows, non-rectangular masks, animation mapping, and theme import and export

Improved PowerPoint export

Numbers 3.6 for OS X

Multitask while editing using new Split View in El Capitan

Open Numbers ’08 spreadsheets

Shared Numbers spreadsheets can now be previewed on iOS and Android browsers

Force click images and get haptic feedback as you edit using Force Touch trackpad

Easily access recently used fonts in the Fonts menu

Enhanced support for OpenType font features like small caps, contextual fractions, alternative glyphs and more

View Collections, Moments, Favorites and Shared Albums from Photos in the Media Browser

Add reference lines to charts

Create table, chart and shape styles from an image

Edit chart data and chart elements with VoiceOver

Add and review comments with VoiceOver

Additional AppleScript options for PDF export

Additional AppleScript options for Excel export

Improved Excel compatibility for charts, text overflows and non-rectangular masks

Improved Excel export

iOS 9.0.2 Update Brings Fix for App Mobile Data and Other Bugs

Apple on Wednesday released iOS 9.0.2 with an aim to to fix quite a few bugs in Apple’s mobile operating system. This is the second bug squashing update the company has released in two weeks since the release of iOS 9.

The new update fixes a range of bugs including patching the glitch that caused issue while turning on and off app cellular data usage. Many users were unable to adjust their mobile data settings.

iOS 9.0.2 also addresses an issue that prevented users from activating their iMessage accounts. If your device’s screen was rotating incorrectly upon receiving notifications, Apple noted that glitches had been fixed too.

The iOS 9.0.2 update also resolves an issue where an iCloud Backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup. Finally, Podcast stability has also been improved.

The new update also comes with a security patch that fixes the bug that allowed users to bypass the lock-screen to access photos and contacts.

The update, which weighs north of 60MB, is available to download over the air from iOS Settings app, or alternatively, you can also snag it from iTunes on your Mac or PC computer. It is available for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices that support iOS 9.

Here’s the full changelog.

  • Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app mobile data usage
  • Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users
  • Resolves an issue where an iCloud Backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup
  • Fixes an issue where the screen could incorrectly rotate when receiving notifications
  • Improves the stability of Podcasts

At the sidelines, Apple also released the third beta of iOS 9.1 for developers, as well as OS X 10.11 El Capitan, the latest iteration to its Mac operating system. Also worth knowing is that Apple has closed the signing window for iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9.0. This means that you can no longer downgrade to the said versions from iOS 9.0.1 or iOS 9.02.

Apple iOS 9 Released, Some Users Having Issues Downloading It

ios 9 update

Apple has now released the next major version of their mobile OS, Apple iOS 9 and the software is now available to download.

Whilst the Apple iOS 9 software update is now available, some users, myself included, are having trouble downloading the update.

We have managed to download the update to an iPad Mini but are having issues downloading the update to an iPad Air 2 and an iPhone.

The update has been released an an over the air update, as yet it is not showing as an available update through iTunes.

We suspect that the issues that some people are experiencing downloading the update are due to the huge demand for the software, hopefully things should settle down soon and the update will be available for everyone.

It looks like the update is now available to download from iTunes, we are still having issues with the over the air updates.

Google Wallet iOS App Update Enables Contact Payments

Google Wallet iOS App

A new update to the Google Wallet iOS application has today enabled the ability for users to easily send and receive money from contacts on their mobile devices.

The new update has been designed by Google to simplify money transfers between users throughout the US and follows on from the launch of Android Pay earlier this month.

Watch the video below to learn more about the new Google Wallet application and the features you can expect to enjoy. Google explains :

The new Google Wallet makes it easy to send money to anyone in the US with an email address, even if they don’t have Wallet. It’s fast, easy, and free to send directly from your debit card, bank account, or Wallet Balance.

Google Wallet comes with 24/7 fraud monitoring and covers 100% of all verified unauthorized transactions. If your Wallet Card is ever lost or stolen, you can cancel it using the Google Wallet app

New Google Wallet features and fixes include :

• Completely rebuilt the app to make it easier than ever to send and request money.
• Cash out directly to your debit card.
• Removed support for loyalty cards, gift cards and offers.

YouTube iOS App Update Brings Material Design

Youtube iOS

Google has released an new version of their YouTube iOS app, the new app comes with Google’s Material Design and a range of new features.

The app now comes with a new interface that is designed to make it easier to discover new videos and it now also comes with some built in editing tools.

What’s New in Version 10.38

The redesigned YouTube app makes it easier to find what you love. Now your recommended videos, favorite channels, and subscriptions can be accessed by tapping each icon or swiping your screen. You can also create fun videos on the fly with new in-app editing tools.

iOS 9’s App Thinning Feature That Can Help Save Space Finally Goes Live

If you were waiting for the arrival of iOS 9’s new feature called “app thinning,” your wait is over. Apple said that it has fixed the iCloud backup issue that had delayed the release of the app thinning feature, and starting with iOS 9.0.2, which was recently released, app developers get access to the updated apps.

Until date, iOS developers were supposed to make a “universal version” of their app which packs in assets for a number of devices. This allows the app to fit right into an iOS device regardless of its hardware configuration. But this as you may realise, takes additional storage. App thinning is Apple’s way to address this issue.

With app thinning – which is also referred to as app slicing – users will automatically only download the part of the assets required to run the app on their particular iOS device. Furthermore, most of this ‘magic’ is supposed to happen at Apple’s end, which means that developers don’t need to do too much to enable app thinning. The app could download additional assets later if required, but it wouldn’t shove resource files that are not relevant to your device.

The feature was supposed to go live with iOS 9, which was released to the public on September 16. But at the time, bugs in the iCloud Backup functionality led Apple to disable the feature. The company had recently fixed at least some of those bugs (including those in Xcode) which hinted that the feature will be live soon enough.

Referring to the bug fixes, Apple said, “The issue affecting app slicing has been fixed, and device-specific versions of apps will be delivered when downloaded by users running iOS 9.0.2 or later.”

If you’re on the latest public version of iOS 9 – iOS 9.0.2 – you should be able to see the difference in iOS apps file sizes when downloading apps. The feature is likely to please space-conscious users especially those who have purchased the 16GB variant of iPhone or iPad.

Apple solves more iOS 9 problems with iOS 9.0.2

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Apple is in full bug-fixing mode, pushing iOS 9.0.2 out today to solve a handful of problems. This is the second update to iOS 9 in two weeks.

Here are all the issues you can expect iOS 9.0.2 to fix, according to Apple:

  • Fixes an issue with the setting to turn on or off app cellular data usage
  • Resolves an issue that prevented iMessage activation for some users
  • Resolves an issue where an iCloud Backup could be interrupted after starting a manual backup
  • Fixes an issue where the screen could incorrectly rotate when receiving notifications
  • Improves the stability of Podcasts

Install the update, as usual, by connecting your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to iTunes or installing over-the-air viaGeneral > Software Update.

iOS 9.1 isn’t too far off—that’s the update with the new emoji you’re dying to use. Apple just seeded the third beta to developers.

WhatsApp for iOS Updated With ‘Starred Messages’ Bookmarking Feature

WhatsApp, the popular Facebook-owned messaging service, has started rolling out a new ‘Starred Messages’ feature for iOS users in the form of an app update. The feature aims to let users quickly access bookmarked messages including images, videos, or other content quickly.

WhatsApp users would now be able to ‘Star’ a message using tap and hold gesture. The message would then be saved in a separate new ‘Starred Messages’ tab. The feature is also available for WhatsApp Groups.

Starred Messages has been seeded to iOS users in the app version 2.12.7 and is likely to reach Androidand Windows Phone soon. The updated app is available to download form the App Store.

WhatsApp in August brought a new custom notifications feature to Android. The feature lets users to select custom options for tones, vibration length, popup notification, notification light, and call notification tone. It also brought mark as unread feature that allows users to mark a chat as unread by just tapping and holding any conversation. Low data usage option for voice calls was also added.

iOS users in August also got access to WhatsApp for Web. The feature was released in January this year for Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry users. To use the feature, one can simply head over to the WhatsApp Web website and scan a QR code on the desktop screen via the WhatsApp app on your mobile. Notably, WhatsApp Web uses your phone’s Internet connection to send and receive your messages, so your mobile needs to be connected to the Internet throughout.