Apple iOS 11.4.1 officially adds USB Restricted Mode, blocking hacking tools

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Apple releases iOS 11.4.1 with USB Restricted Mode

The iOS 11.4.1 upgrade is small by Apple standards - coming in at around 200MB - but it represents a big headache for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other organizations that want to gain access to someone else's phone because it kills off the most common route to bypassing the device's security. iPhone users running iOS 11.4 right now have been complaining in droves that battery life has suffered after the update.

There should be no reason why iOS 11.4.1 has caused issues on your device.

Apple today officially pressed that big ol' red button marked "Disseminate", and iOS 11.4.1 started to roll out. However, Apple had not released the details on its security page at the time of this posting, but expect them to appear sometime soon. That seems to be the case for Apple's latest controversial security feature which was initially expected for iOS 12 in a few months. The way it works is that when an hour has lapsed without the iPhone or iPad being unlocked with a passcode, the Lightning-USB connection will disable any data transfer.

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It's also worth noting that, even with the mode enabled, you won't need to go back to your settings menu every time you want to connect your favorite accessory to your device. As now implemented, the feature is even more restrictive: When turned on, it will "prevent USB accessories from connecting when your [iPhone/iPad] has been locked for more than an hour". There isn't anything in the way of new features, instead delivering on some bug fixes and stability improvements.

In addition to releasing iOS 11.4.1, Apple is also pushing out watchOS 4.3.2 for the Apple Watch and tvOS 11.4.1 for the Apple TV. The user maintains the only change to his device was the update to iOS 11.4. Sometimes the company shifts its focus to the next major release (in this case, iOS 12) in the summer.

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