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Apple releases macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 with Messages in iCloud

Free up local storage with Messages in iCloud.

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Apple has released macOS High Sierra 10.13.5 to the public. The update comes more than two months after the macOS 10.13.4 rollout, bringing Messages on iCloud.

Apple previewed Messages on iCloud during last year’s annual developer conference, but it wasn’t available until this week. Messages on iCloud launched on iOS earlier this week, and it now comes to Mac with macOS High Sierra 10.13.5.

Messages on iCloud, as the name suggests, stores your messages with attachments on cloud instead of local storage, freeing up space on your device and providing better sync experience across your Apple devices.

You can enable Messages in iCloud from Messages > Preferences > Accounts and select ‘Enable Messages in iCloud.’

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macOS Mojave 10.14.3 supplemental update fixes Group FaceTime bug on Mac

No more eavesdropping on Mac, too!

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Apple pushed macOS Mojave 10.14.3 software update to Mac users. The supplemental update follows the Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug fix that arrived on iPhone and iPad through iOS 12.1.4.

macOS 10.14.3 includes fixes for the embarrassing FaceTime bug, and the Live Photos issue that Apple uncovered during a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service. Not to forget that the bug-free Group FaceTime feature is available only on the latest iOS and macOS release, so staying on older firmware will not help here.

Apart from these bug fixes, the software update packs under-the-hood improvements, too. You can grab the supplemental update from the Mac App Store today. Simply head over to System Preferences –> Software Update and you’re good to install the update.

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Apple releases iOS 12.1.4 with Group FaceTime Eavsdroping B​ug Fix

No more eavesdropping now!

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Apple has issued iOS 12.1.4 to the public. The software update addresses the Group FaceTime eavesdropping bug, which surfaced last week.

The eavesdropping bug allowed users to listen to other user’s conversation without their knowledge. What’s even more scary is the bug also transmitted the video feed to the caller when the user tried to ignore the call.

In response to this FaceTime bug, Apple quickly disabled the Group FaceTime feature to avoid people from being vulnerable. The company promised to air a fix to this eavesdropping bug last week, and now it’s alive in the form of iOS 12.1.4.

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Available for: iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later, and iPod touch 6th generation

Impact: The initiator of a Group FaceTime call may be able to cause the recipient to answer

Description: A logic issue existed in the handling of Group FaceTime calls. The issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2019-6223: Grant Thompson of Catalina Foothills High School, Daven Morris of Arlington, TX

Apple formally credited Grant Thompson of Catalina Foothills High School and Daven Morris of Arlington, TX for reporting the bug initially. The company will be compensating the Thompson family for finding and reporting the bug, with an additional scholarship for Thompson’s education.

In addition to addressing the FaceTime bug, Apple has also fixed a previously unidentified vulnerability in the Live Photos feature of FaceTime. The Live Photos bug was uncovered when Apple made a thorough security audit of the FaceTime service. The feature remains disabled on older versions of iOS to ensure users are on the latest release of the software for a safer and secure experience.

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iOS 12.1.3 now available, fixes HomePod, iPad Pro bugs, and more

One minor update that fixes issues affecting Messages, HomePod, iPad Pro, and CarPlay.

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Apple has released iOS 12.1.3 today. The software update is the fifth update to iOS 12 since its September launch, which follows December’s iPhone-only iOS 12.1.2 update as well.

iOS 12.1.3 is a minor update, though it fixes a handful of bugs affecting the iPad Pro, HomePod, and CarPlay. One of such fixes includes the audio distortion when using external audio input devices on iPad Pro. It also fixes an issue on HomePod that could cause the device to restart or that could cause Siri to stop listening. Full release notes for iOS 12.1.3 are listed below.

This update:
● Fixes an issue in Messages that could impact scrolling through photos in the Details view.
● Address an issue where photos could have striped artifacts after being sent from the Share Sheet
● Fixes an issue that may cause audio distortion when using external audio input devices on iPad Pro (2018)
● Resolves an issue that could cause certain CarPlay systems to disconnect from iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max.

This release also includes bug fixes for HomePod.

This update:
● Fixes an issue that could cause HomePod to restart
● Addresses an issue that could cause Siri to stop listening

Eligible iOS devices can grab the OTA update from Settings > General > Software Update. iPhone users will be updating from iOS 12.1.2 to iOS 12.1.3, while iPad users will be updating from iOS 12.1.1.

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