- iOS 13 contained a flaw that let people skirt the lock-screen to access contacts
- A researcher demonstrated the hack which uses Siri and voiceover
- Apple is set to unveil iOS 13 publicly for the first time next week
- The flaw has reportedly been patched in the unreleased iOS 13.1
Jose Rodriguez discovered the flaw and reported it to Apple in July. The bug mirrors other such exploits that the researcher documented in iOS 12.1.
With the launch of macOS Catalina, Mac devices will come with separate apps for consuming podcasts, streaming music and playing videos, effectively replacing iTunes
With the new Mac software, called Catalina, users also have access to the Podcasts app, with more than 700,000 shows to choose from, curated content and more
A final beta version of Apple’s iOS 13 was found sporting some pretty major flaws just a week before the operating system is set to be released on devices everywhere.
As reported by The Verge, researcher Jose Rodriguez discovered a flaw that enables one to access a phone’s list of contacts by initiating a FaceTime call.
Once a call is placed, Rodriguez shows how, using the voice-over accessibility feature through the iPhones virtual assistant, Siri, all of the contacts in the phone can be accessed, revealing email addresses, phone numbers, names, and any other information stored in the phone’s contact list.
The flaw, which Rodriguez reported to Apple in July after examining public betas of iOS 13, is similar to one found by the researcher in the operating system’s predecessor, iOS 12.1.
Though iOS 13 has yet to be released, betas of the new operating system have been available for months, meaning anyone who downloaded the preliminary versions has been unknowingly walking around with the glitch in their device.
While the bug represents a glitch in the software’s security, it falls short of other lock-screen flaws discovered in past versions, like iOS 6.1 which allowed one to bypass the lock-screen to access contact lists, numbers, and even photos.
A test from The Verge confirmed the flaw but was not able to use the Siri feature to access photos or any information outside of data contained in the contact list.
Despite the fact that iOS 13 has yet to be released, Apple is apparently already working on 13.1, a decision which is likely due in part to bugs discovered during the new system’s beta process.
That version is set to be released on September 30 and according to Rodriguez .
Apple is likely under extra pressure to ensure that iOS 13 has a smooth, and more importantly secure, roll out, as the company continues to stress the brand’s emphasis on privacy and security.
iOS 13 will boast a number of new privacy features over previous iterations, including new location service options that let users grant permission to apps only once and an anonymous sign-in feature called Sing-In with Apple.
Apple has officially broken up iTunes to make way for three new apps – Podcasts, TV and Music.
With the launch of macOS Catalina, Mac devices will come with separate apps for consuming podcasts, streaming music and playing videos.
Apple is effectively ‘replacing’ iTunes with the three separate apps, the firm said.
The new apps have ‘all the features you’d expect from iTunes, all while being blazingly fast.’
The Music, Podcasts and TV apps feature a streamlined design, with fewer tabs and a cleaner user interface.
With the Music app, users have access to over 50 million songs, playlists and music videos.
‘And users will have access to their entire music library, whether they downloaded the songs, purchased them or ripped them from a CD,’ Apple said.
‘For those who like to own their music, the iTunes Music Store is just a click away.’
The Apple TV app for Mac packs many of the same features users would expect, like TV channels, personalized recommendations and more than 100,000 iTunes movies and shows.
Macs also have access to the Podcasts app, with more than 700,000 shows to choose from, curated content and more.
As the new trio of apps is replacing iTunes, many have been reflecting on the media software’s legacy at Apple.
iTunes was launched in 2001 as an all-in-one media player for uploading music and video. Over the ensuing years, it became many users’ primary platform listening to music and, after the launch of the iTunes Music Store, buying music.
It predated the launch of the iPod, which would come to revolutionize how people listen to music on the go.
iTunes is also widely regarded as one of the primary motivators behind Apple’s increasing focus on services, with the firm launching audiobooks support, then support for TV shows, podcasts and movies not long after.
Despite iTunes’ lasting impression on Apple, it had become largely irrelevant as users moved to iOS apps like Apple Music, Apple TV and others.