Apple launches iOS, macOS, and watchOS updates to fix WebKit security defects

Just seven days subsequent to carrying out significant updates for its operating systems, Apple has released patches for iOS, iPadOS, macOS and watchOS. The organization said in support documents that the updates settle WebKit imperfections that may have been abused. The issues concerned “maliciously crafted web content [that] may lead to arbitrary code execution.”

Among the issues were a memory corruption issue and integer overflow on macOS and iOS, and buffer overflow and use after free issues on older iOS gadgets. To determine the imperfections, Apple has released iOS 14.5.1, iPadOS 14.5.1, macOS Big Sur 11.3.1 and watchOS 7.4.1. Proprietors of older iPhones, iPads and iPod touch gadgets that don’t support recent versions of iOS can download and install iOS 12.5.3 instead.

Given that Apple believes the flaws might have been “actively exploited,” it’s a smart thought to install the updates as soon as possible.


Snapchat currently has more Android clients than iOS

Snapchat keeps on developing, on account of an improved Android application and interest in its Spotlight feature. The application added 15 million new clients during the first quarter of 2021, carrying the application’s average daily clients to 280 million, the organization detailed in its first-quarter results for 2021.

Prominently, this quarter denotes the first time Snapchat has had a bigger number of clients on Android than on iOS. The organization didn’t share the specific breakdown between platforms, yet CEO Evan Spiegel called it a “critical milestone” for Snap, which has channeled significant resources into improving its once buggy Android application.

Spotlight, the application’s TikTok-like feature that pays clients for well known clips, likewise keeps on being a bright spot for the organization. The feature is presently live in 12 nations, and developed to 125 million monthly clients in March. Spiegel said that submissions to the platform expanded 40% between January and March (he announced in February that Spotlight was getting an average of 175,000 submissions per day).

Snap likewise announced strong revenue growth, with $770 million for the quarter, an increment of 66% from a year ago.

Spiegel said that the organization is profiting by efforts to re-open, which has prompted expanded engagement, and more discussions among bigger groups of companions. “As things began to open up in the United States in late February, we saw inflection points in key behaviors like Story posting and engagement with the Snap Map,” Spiegel said. “More recently, we saw a rise in the rate of new friendships and bi-directional communication on Snapchat in late March as people have begun to socialize in broader groups.”


Google carrying out first Chrome for iOS update since November

Dissimilar to other first-party applications, Google’s browser has historically followed a severe, publicized six-week release cycle. In the wake of abandoning updates for as far back as four months, another version of Chrome for iPhone and iPad is carrying out at this point.

In February, Google began releasing new application updates on iOS again and the rhythm continued vigorously a month ago. Chrome, nonetheless, has been somewhat behind and skipped version 88 (January) and 89 (March) altogether.

The present update is still Chrome 87.0.4280.163 and fundamentally focuses on bug fixes, however no significant issues have arisen since the last release in November. Form 90 of the browser for all platforms is expected one week from now, and Chrome will find new features at that point. For example, Google has been testing Touch/Face ID to secure open Incognito tabs.

A few changes were made to the App Privacy label that Chrome included in recent weeks. Under the “Data Linked to You” section, “App Functionality” presently incorporates your “Name.” This is because of how Google Pay in Chrome necessitates that detail to finish a transaction. Then, “Crash Data” and “Customer Support” is moving under the “Not linked to You” section.

As confirmed by those changes, Google says it will “regularly assess our data needs to ensure that we’re only collecting data that is necessary to provide and develop useful products and features,” while reminding that App Privacy labels “represent the maximum categories of data that could be collected.” Actual data collection relies upon what features, similar to Chrome Sync for password management and bookmarks, are empowered by end clients.

This Chrome update is carrying out now to iPhone and iPad clients through the App Store.


Apple says iOS has elective application distribution in light of the fact that the internet exists

Apple has reacted further to the Australian purchaser watchdog’s probe of application marketplaces, this time dismissing characterization that the Apple App Store is the most dominant app marketplace and saying there are different options for iOS clients, for example, by going to a website.

“Apple perceives and treats other distributors of apps, for platforms other than iOS, as significant competitors whose pricing and policies constrain Apple’s ability to exercise power over developers,” the iPhone maker said in a submission [PDF] to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)

“Apple is not in a position to disregard the environment in which its app marketplace operates and does not accept the Commission’s characterisation of the Apple App Store as ‘the most dominant app marketplace by a large margin’.”

The application store practices of Apple and Google are under the microscope by the ACCC as a feature of its digital platforms probe. The ACCC is worried about the market power held by both tech monsters in the application marketplace space.

In its accommodation, Apple contends that the ACCC’s position depends inaccurately with the understanding that there is a significant market disappointment emerging from Apple’s implied market power.

“Apple does not believe that, properly examined, that assumption is correct in the wider online context in which the app marketplace operates and is concerned that such an assumption means that the Commission’s analysis may not be examining whether that assumption is well founded as a starting point,” it said.

It believes that there is a healthy, competitive market.

Apple said it doesn’t consider that it has a substantial degree of power in any market applicable to the issues that are the subject of the ACCC’s present inquiry, nor does it concur that there is a market disappointment that requires regulatory intervention or legal activity to address.

“Apple faces competitive constraints from distribution alternatives within the iOS ecosystem (including developer websites and other outlets through which consumers may obtain third party apps and use them on their iOS devices) and outside iOS,” it said.

“Even if a user only owns iOS-based devices, distribution is far from limited to the Apple App Store because developers have multiple alternative channels to reach that user.

“The whole web is available to them, and iOS devices have unrestricted and uncontrolled access to it. One common approach is for users to purchase and consume digital content or services on a website.”

The Cupurtino monster likewise believes the Apple App Store contends straightforwardly with other software distribution platforms, for example, Google Play, Samsung Galaxy, and Amazon application stores, despite the fact that access to these “alternatives” isn’t conceded on iOS.

It likewise said it rivals different web-based application stores like Steam, Epic Games Store, PUBG, AppStream, Chrome Web Store, Setapp, or Microsoft Store.

As of now, application designers can’t publish and distribute a lot an application on an Apple cell phone without utilizing the Apple App Store. Engineers who offer “in-app” features, add-ons, or upgrades are needed to utilize Apple’s payment system, instead of an elective system.

Apple likewise energizes a commission of to 30% to engineers on the value of these transactions or any time a consumer purchases their application. It diminished this in November for some under its new offering, the App Store Small Business Program, what cuts commissions in half to 15% if designers acquire under $1 million from the entirety of their applications. Commissions return to 30%, be that as it may, if earnings cross the $1 million mark.

Apple told the ACCC its practice of charging a commission on particular kinds of transactions isn’t special.

“Many platforms charge commission rates comparable to or in excess of Apple’s … many platforms also charge users a service fee for payments on top of their commissions, while Apple does not,” it said.

“Equally, anti-circumvention provisions are necessary to protect consumers and partners alike and reduce free-riding by requiring transactions to take place on their secure platforms and to safeguard the business model adopted.”


Android’s Fast Pair UI for setting up earphones updated to look like iOS

Contingent upon the earbuds, set up could be as basic as bringing the Bluetooth extra close to your Android phone. This is made conceivable by Fast Pair, which Google updated in recent weeks to take after iOS.

Since Fast Pair’s launch in 2017, the process has begun with a standard notification that remembers a thumbnail of the gadget for the question. Showing up at the top of your screen, a straightforward tap would start matching and afterward give an affirmation.

Google has changed the set up experience so it presently features a tall sheet sliding up from the bottom. The name of your gadget is centered above, while a greater picture and “Connect” button shows up below. When paired via Bluetooth, you have the option to proceed “Setup” or “Close.”

Android’s new Fast Pair design, which was unobtrusively presented in November (or prior), especially takes after iOS and AirPods. There is a reasonable preferred position to this methodology as pairing new accessories should be a conspicuous event. Contrasted with a notification, you’re less inclined to miss or swipe away a bottom sheet.

Then, Google has enhanced the experience. This UI shows up when setting up another Fast Pair accessory for the first time with your phone. Android actually utilizes a compact notification to take note of the battery status of every item (earbuds and case), while Apple chooses raising the whole sheet to show percentage. The more modest alarm is likewise utilized for re-pairing accessories, particularly on phones and tablets already signed-in to your Google Account.

With the launch of the Pixel Buds recently, Google presented a huge number of related features, including Find My Device integration, low battery alerts, and button customization.


Apple eliminates its ‘TV Remote’ application from the App Store as iOS currently has an integrated Remote

Apple today quietly eliminated its “Apple TV Remote” application from the App Store, which let clients control the Apple TV from an iPhone or iPad reproducing a real Remote. The application is not, at this point accessible for download from the App Store and Apple has likely discontinued it, which implies that it will presently don’t get any updates.

That doesn’t come as an amazement since Apple has included the Remote feature incorporated with the Control Center in iOS 12, so Apple TV clients can access to all the controls on Siri Remote without downloading any application.

The report found that Apple has additionally taken out almost all references to the Apple TV Remote application, proposing that the organization has in reality discontinued it. A report reader disclosed that he reached Apple backing to get some information about the application, however not even the help operator could clarify what occurred.

Presently, in the event that you visit the Apple Support site, the article about using Apple TV Remote on your iPhone or iPad just proposes that you add the Remote option to the iOS Control Center.

It merits referencing that the Apple TV Remote application is not the same as the iTunes Remote application, which lets clients remotely play songs and videos on an Apple TV or Mac — and this application is as yet accessible on the App Store for free.


YouTube begins testing local picture-in-picture feature in its iOS application

Picture-in-picture (or PiP) has been accessible for iPad clients since iOS 9 and Apple has enabled it on iPhone this year with iOS 14. Be that as it may, YouTube has never supported this feature, which permits clients to watch videos while using different applications. This may change now as YouTube has begun testing the local picture-in-picture feature in its iOS application.

As per a few reports on Twitter, picture-in-picture is gradually being turned out to certain clients with the most recent version of the YouTube application for iOS. Different reports state that the feature is just working with a few videos, which may propose that YouTube is as yet implementing PiP.

9to5Mac had the option to affirm that the feature is to be sure being tested with a small group of users.

When you have picture-in-picture enabled, it works simply like in some other application that supports it. You can begin playing a video and afterward close the application to keep watching it in a smaller window. The video floats over the iOS home screen or some other application you are using.

Shockingly, YouTube limits video playback in the background on iOS to YouTube Premium subscribers, which implies that picture-in-picture is additionally confined to clients who pay for premium YouTube features. YouTube Premium expenses $11.99 every month in the U.S., however in the event that you buy in through the YouTube application for iOS you will end up paying $15.99 due to the 30% App Store commission.

It merits referencing that clients with gadgets running iOS 14, iPadOS 14, and tvOS 14 can likewise watch 4K HDR videos in the YouTube application for the first time since Apple chose to include uphold for Google’s VP9 codec to their operating systems this year.

Google didn’t state when the organization will enable picture-in-picture in the YouTube application on iOS for all clients. In the event that you don’t yet have the image in-picture feature enabled in the YouTube application or in case you’re not a YouTube Premium subscriber.


You would now be able to attempt the macOS Big Sur public beta

Apple today made the first public beta of macOS Big Sur — version 11 of Apple’s desktop OS — a month after it did as such for iOS and iPadOS 14. The update guarantees an all-new design that mixes Apple’s clean modern aesthetic with its skeuomorphic propensities of old. It likewise obtains a few thoughts from iOS, including a Control Center and updated Notification Center.

Despite the fact that the organization previously released preview versions of the OS for developers, its public betas don’t require special certifications and are commonly viewed as more steady than the more iterative updates developers get the opportunity to play with.

Getting it on your system is simple: simply head on over to Apple’s Beta Software Program page, and sign up to attempt Big Sur (or some other of the accessible software updates declared at WWDC). You’ll need to sign in with your Apple ID to get to the software, and afterward select ‘enroll your devices’ to pick which ones will get the beta update.

Remember the public beta is over 12GB, so it’ll require a long time to download and you should ensure you have a decent buffer before installing the OS. As usual, it’s a smart thought to make a backup before installing beta software on your essential PC, and however Apple’s public betas will in general be steady, there’s consistently an opportunity things can go awry. Install at your own risk.


Apple displays the new emoji coming to iOS this year

Beginning in 2020, iOS clients can tell their companions with a solitary emoji that they feel like badass ninjas while wearing face masks. Apple has uncovered 13 new emoji going to its mobile platform, which were all piece of the choice Unicode Consortium affirmed back in January. The consortium indicated what the recently approved emoji were in those days, yet tech goliaths ordinarily put their own turn on the graphics to give them an distinct look for their platforms.

Beside the ninja emoji, the set incorporates a bubble tea emoji, reasonable looking (and opportune) heart and lungs emoji, as well as the pinched hand emoji that individuals are now calling the “Italian Hand.” It likewise incorporates the transgender symbol — one of the numerous the consortium approved to make your emoji selection more gender-inclusive. It’s unclear when the transgender flag, the smiling face with a single tear and the new gender-inclusive veil and tuxedo options will be turning out.

As Engadget Japanese notes, the new set will probably make their presentation with iOS 14 at some point this fall. As indicated by Emojipedia, Apple is likewise releasing new colored face mask options for Memojis, its avatars that clients can make to seem as though them and track their facial movements.


Yubico’s authenticator application currently supports NFC for ‘iOS devices’

Notwithstanding releasing upgraded parental controls with iOS 13.3, Apple has additionally revealed an update that will give you more chances to utilize your NFC-empowered YubiKeys. The update has empowered Yubico to present NFC support for the company’s authenticator application, which enables you to utilize the company’s keys with any help or application as long as it underpins two-factor authenticators like Authy and Google’s.

When Yubico released its Authenticator application for iOS, it just worked with the YubiKey 5Ci, a model that can be connected by means of the Lightning port. This update implies you can likewise utilize the YubiKey 5 NFC with the authenticator to sign into applications and administrations basically by tapping the key at the highest point of an iPhone 7 or later.

Yubico says utilizing its key-and-application blend is more secure than utilizing a 2FA authenticator alone, in light of the fact that its creates and stores one-time codes on a YubiKey that you should have on you to sign in. “This not only eliminates security vulnerabilities associated with a multi-purpose computing device, but also offers an added layer of convenience for users that work between various machines,” the company said in its declaration.