This week, Apple released the iOS 11.4.1 software update for iPhones, iPads, and iPods. Apple iOS 11.4.1 is a minor point update with bug fixes and the new USB Restricted Mode feature.
iOS 11.4.1 includes a bug fix for an issue that prevents users from being able to view the last known location of their AirPods in the Find My iPhone app. And iOS 11.4.1 also improves the reliability of syncing mail, contacts and notes with Exchange accounts. Apple is likely going to release a few more updates to iOS 11 before iOS 12 launches in September.
What is the USB Restricted Mode? It is a feature that prevents law enforcement agencies and hackers from bypassing the iPhone passcodes using USB devices. This feature is located under Settings > Face ID & Passcode or Settings > Touch ID & Passcode. In that area, you will notice a toggle for USB Accessories. The USB Accessories toggle is switched on by default and turning it off prevents USB accessories from connecting when your iPhone has been locked for over an hour. This would prevent devices like GrayKey from unlocking iPhones.
“We’re constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product to help customers defend against hackers, identity thieves, and intrusions into their personal data,” said an Apple spokesperson in a statement via The Verge. “We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don’t design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs.”
Apple revealed its plans for iOS 12 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) back in June. iOS 12 will bring substantial performance improvements, especially for older iPhones. For example, the share sheet display should load up to two times faster and apps should launch two times faster. iOS 12 will also support AR Kit 2, four new Animoji and customizable Memoji, and Group FaceTime. Plus there will be a new Measure app, Notification Center grouping, third-party navigation apps for CarPlay, Siri Shortcuts and advanced Do Not Disturb controls. Apple Books will also be redesigned and the Stocks app is coming to Macs.