Apple unveils second developer betas of iOS 11.2, watchOS 4.2, macOS 10.13.2, tvOS 11.2


 

A week after the latch batch of releases, Apple has deployed second developer beta releases of all of its operating systems, including watchOS 4.2. iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2.

The forthcoming iOS 11.2 appears to be a minor release, rectifying a Calculator bug, but incorporates a Now Playing widget for Apple TV media in Control Center. For developers it introduces SiriKit commands for the HomePod.

On Friday, Apple released an iPhone X-specific iOS 11.2 beta for testing. It appears that the latest beta includes iPhone X compatibility. The latest iOS 11.2 beta build is 15C5097d, with the previous non-iPhone X specific version holding number 15C5092b.

The new watchOS 4.2 has a build number of , with the previous one at build 15S5085b. Known issues include iTunes Store sign-in failure when pairing under certain conditions, and app icons may appear as placeholder images.

The second beta of tvOS 11.2 has build number 15K5090c, with the previous version having number 15K5085b. Apple notes that App Switcher usage may result in poor responsiveness when swiping between apps. tvOS 11.2 adds APIs for automatic frame rate and dynamic range switching for apps that don’t use AVKit for video playback.

Changes in High Sierra have not yet been spotted. The previous beta had build number 17C60c, with the present having build number 17C67b.

Apple cautions against installing beta releases of its operating systems on mission-critical hardware, and recommends dedicated gear for testing.

Leaked watchOS 4.1 GM release notes suggest no Apple Pay Cash w/ iOS 11.1

Apple is currently in the process of beta testing watchOS 4.1, as well iOS 11.1, tvOS 11.1, and macOS 10.13.1. With each release the company provides detailed change logs identifying any bug fixes, feature additions, and known issues. Developer Guilherme Rambo has now gotten his hands on the release notes for the watchOS 4.1 GM release, which will likely come next week…

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The release notes for this golden master update outline many of the features we’ve long known: Apple Music streaming, a new Radio app, Siri enhancements, and more. What’s perhaps most notable, however, is there’s still no mention of Apple Pay Cash – Apple’s competitor to the likes of Venmo, Square Cash, and PayPal.

If you head to Apple’s webpage for Apple Pay, you can see that the company clearly advertises Apple Pay Cash as a watchOS feature, so there’s no reason to believe it wouldn’t be included in these release notes. Apple also still notes that the feature is coming “this fall,” while Apple Music streaming is listed as “coming soon.” Furthermore, Apple’s website previously indicated an October release but that has since been removed.

The release notes do make mention of GymKit – a new feature that Apple says will allow users to sync their data with properly equipped treadmills, elliptical, stair steppers, and indoor bikes. This allows for “more accurate distance, pace, and energy burn metrics.” This feature has been in testing since watchOS 4, though it was removed prior to the public release. It returned last month in the first developer beta of watchOS 4.1 and can be accessed via the Apple Watch app on iPhone.

This doesn’t rule out the inclusion of Apple Pay Cash in the final public releases of watchOS 4.1 and iOS 11.1, but as of right now, it looks like we’ll be waiting a bit longer for that feature than many of us would like.

Here are the full release notes for watchOS 4.1:

  • New features, improvements, and bug fixes include:
  • Stream music on Apple Watch Series 3 with Apple Music or iCloud Music Library
  • Listen to live radio on Beats 1, custom stations, and expert-curated stations with the new Radio app on Apple Watch Series 3
  • Use Siri to find, discover, and play songs, playlists or albums
  • Sync fitness data with GymKit-enabled treadmills, ellipticals, stair steppers, and indoor bikes for more accurate distance, pace, and energy burn metrics
  • Ability to disconnect from a Wi-Fi network in Control Center for Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular)
  • Fixes an issue for Apple Watch Series 1 and later where Heart Rate notifications were delivered when the feature was not enabled
  • Fixes an issue where some users did not receive Stand Reminders
  • Resolves an issue where the current Stand hour indicator did not appear for some users
  • Resolves an issue that caused haptics to not be delivered for silent alarms
  • Addresses an issue that prevented Apple Watch (1st generation) from charging for users
  • Resolves issue where Sunrise/Sunset complication would sometimes not appear
  • Restores Mandarin as the default dictation language for China

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Leaked watchOS 4.1 GM Release Notes Confirm Apple Music Streaming, GymKit Support

Release notes for the watchOS 4.1 golden master were leaked this afternoon by developer Guilherme Rambo, confirming all of the bug fixes and feature updates that we can expect to see in the new watchOS software.

Much of what’s listed in the release notes was already known because the features are available in the beta, but the notes confirm GymKit support and highlight several bugs that are being addressed in the update.


watchOS 4.1 introduces streaming music on Apple Watch Series 3, and it includes a new Radio app, which is limited to watchOS Series 3 models. Though not listed in the release notes, the update also offers several new Unicode 10 emoji. Full GM release notes are below:

New features, improvements, and bug fixes include:

– Stream music on Apple Watch Series 3 with Apple Music or iCloud Music Library

– Listen to live radio on Beats 1, custom stations, and expert-curated stations with the new Radio app on Apple Watch Series 3

– Use Siri to find, discover, and play songs, playlists, or albums

– Sync fitness data with GymKit-enabled treadmills, ellipticals, stair steppers, and indoor bikes for more accurate distance, pace, and energy burn metrics

– Ability to disconnect from a WiFi network in Control Center for Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular)

– Fixes an issue for Apple Watch Series 1 and later where Heart Rate notifications were delivered when the feature was not enabled

– Fixes an issue where some users did not receive Stand Reminders

– Resolves an issue where the current stand hour indicator did not appear for some users

– Resolves an issue that caused haptics to not be delivered for silent alarms

– Addresses an issue that prevented Apple Watch (1st generation) from charging for some users

– Resolves an issue where the Sunrise and Sunset complication would sometimes not appear

– Restores Mandarin as the default dictation language for China

As these are not final release notes, there could be additions or tweaks to the information ahead of when the new watchOS 4.1 update is released to the public. There is as of yet no mention of Apple Pay Cash, Apple’s new peer-to-peer payments service, so it continues to be unclear if that feature is going to be bundled into the iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1 updates.

Apple employees are currently testing Apple Pay Cash as part of iOS 11.1, but support for the feature could be held back until a later update.

It’s not yet clear when Apple will launch watchOS 4.1, but a release could come as soon as next week alongside iOS 11.1, macOS 10.13.1, and tvOS 11.1 if Apple is aiming to get all of its new software updates out ahead of the debut of the iPhone X.

How to Help Autopause Feature for Exercise sessions on Apple Check out Jogging watchOS 4

Here’s how you can established your Apple Check out (managing watchOS 4) to quickly pause an outside exercise when you end relocating.

Established Apple Check out to Keep track of Your Workout Only When You Are Moving. Here’s How.

There is no doubt in the fact that the Apple Check out is a legendary physical fitness tracker. Not only it allows you track a exercise in authentic-time but also shows precise metrics that support you check your working day and program ahead accordingly. With watchOS 4, those people physical fitness features are taken a move additional with the introduction of a new environment named Autopause. When enabled, your Apple Check out will pause your present outside exercise when you end relocating. This makes sure that only the ‘workout’ bits are recorded with anything else discarded. It’s a terrific way of pushing your self even additional and continue to be in the eco-friendly spot when it arrives to doing the job out. Here’s how you allow the function.

Help / Disable Autopause on Apple Check out.

Ahead of you go ahead, it is greatest to be aware that this function is unique to watchOS 4. It does not implement to older firmware. You can update your Apple Check out by going to Check out > General > Software program Update on your Apple iphone. Also be aware that the improve approach is not reversible. When you’ve current to watchOS 4, there’s no going back.

1. On your Apple Check out, press the Digital Crown to go to the home display screen.

2. Now pick the Settings app.

3. Scroll down and pick General.

4. Decide on Workout.

5. Help the Autopause toggle switch. Which is all.

This function is greatest suited for occasions when you seriously want to push your self for the duration of a exercise. I would not propose that beginners need to use it straight away. It’s greatest to choose your activity up a notch ahead of diving into this arena.

Personally, I find this toggle switch pretty, pretty helpful for those people who enjoy managing outdoor. But the a person function I would seriously enjoy to see in watchOS is the capacity to build a exercise schedule with manually established pauses as breaks. But I guess Apple has a thing like that reserved for a long run version of its wearable application. Until that time comes, let us make do with what we have nowadays. That way too straight away.



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Apple Says ‘KRACK’ Wi-Fi Vulnerabilities Are Already Patched in iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS Betas

Apple has already patched serious vulnerabilities in the WPA2 Wi-Fi standard that protects many modern Wi-Fi networks, the company told iMore‘s Rene Ritchie this morning.

The exploits have been addressed in the iOS, tvOS, watchOS, and macOS betas that are currently available to developers and will be rolling out to consumers soon.

A KRACK attack proof-of-concept from security researcher Mathy Vanhoef

Disclosed just this morning by researcher Mathy Vanhoef, the WPA2 vulnerabilities affect millions of routers, smartphones, PCs, and other devices, including Apple’s Macs, iPhones, and iPads.

Using a key reinstallation attack, or “KRACK,” attackers can exploit weaknesses in the WPA2 protocol to decrypt network traffic to sniff out credit card numbers, usernames, passwords, photos, and other sensitive information. With certain network configurations, attackers can also inject data into the network, remotely installing malware and other malicious software.

Because these vulnerabilities affect all devices that use WPA2, this is a serious problem that device manufacturers need to address immediately. Apple is often quick to fix major security exploits, so it is not a surprise that the company has already addressed this particular issue.

Websites that use HTTPS offer an extra layer of security, but an improperly configured site can be exploited to drop HTTPS encryption, so Vanhoef warns that this is not a reliable protection.

Apple’s iOS devices (and Windows machines) are not as vulnerable as Macs or devices running Linux or Android because the vulnerability relies on a flaw that allows what’s supposed to be a single-use encryption key to be resent and reused more than once, something the iOS operating system does not allow, but there’s still a partial vulnerability.

Once patched, devices running iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS will not be able to be exploited using the KRACK method even when connected to a router or access point that is still vulnerable. Still, consumers should watch for firmware updates for all of their devices, including routers.

Ahead of the release of the update that addresses the vulnerabilities, customers who are concerned about attacks should avoid public Wi-Fi networks, use Ethernet where possible, and use a VPN.