Apple releases iOS 11.4.1 with USB Restricted Mode

How to use USB Restricted Mode on your iPhone or iPad

Apple hasn't even listed any of the updates on its security update page.

iOS 11.4.1 should improve the reliability of AirPods, along with syncing Mail, Contacts, and Noes with Exchange accounts. watchOS 4.3.2 and tvOS 11.4.1 should just have general fixes and improvements.

iPhone and iPad owners can download iOS 11.4.1 starting today. Camera issues and battery drain problems stemming from iOS 11.4 have been patched in the update. Significant but not listed: USB Restricted Mode, a change originally included in the iOS 12 beta that makes it more hard for anyone, including authorities, to break into the iPhone through the Lightning port.

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The accompanying explanation gives no indication of its real objective: "Unlock iPhone to allow USB accessories to connect when it has been more than hour since your iPhone was locked", it says underneath a sliding bar.

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. That seems to be the case for Apple's latest controversial security feature which was initially expected for iOS 12 in a few months. These are also small updates.

Apple is rolling out iOS 11.4.1 for iPhones and iPads everywhere. There isn't anything in the way of new features, instead delivering on some bug fixes and stability improvements. There's precious little question at this point that iOS 11 has been Apple's most problematic mobile software release in many years. The user maintains the only change to his device was the update to iOS 11.4. Those releases are likely to come this fall.

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