Friday, 30 January 2015 03:08

Apple releases iOS 8.1.3, OS X 10.10.2, Safari updates


If you’ve been waiting for the latest versions of iOS and Mac OS X to arrive, as well as security updates for Safari 6, 7 and 8, they’re finally here and waiting for you to download!

If there’s one thing we know about iOS 8.x and OS X 10.10.x, it's that they’re buggy - or at least, in parts. 

iOS 8.x users have had to put up with Safari having problems with web pages that it never seemed to before, forcing a page refresh and stealing a second or two from your life each and every damn time.

Spotlight has had issues where results would stop appearing, and third party keyboards sometimes have issues, too, where they just won’t appear properly.

Whether iOS 8.1.3 fixes the Safari page rendering problems or third-party keyboards is something I’m yet to discover, as I’m about to download the update, but what does Apple say the latest iOS offers?

Apple says ‘This release includes bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements, including:’

  • Reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update
  • Fixes an issue that prevented some users from entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime
  • Addresses an issue that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results
  • Fixes an issue which prevented multi-tasking gestures from working on iPad
  • Adds new configuration options for education standardised testing

On an iPhone 6, the update is 247 megabytes in size. Click on Settings, General and Software Update to make the move to iOS 8.1.3.

The security content of this update can be found here.

OS X 10.10.x users have complained of Wi-Fi issues and slow page loading in Safari, although I can honestly say these two issues haven’t affected me.

That said, Apple says these two issues have been fixed, so those who have been experiencing these problems will soon report whether they’ve really been fixed, at last, or not.

Apple advises that users make a backup using Time Machine before installation. It also asks you not to turn off your Mac or otherwise interrupt the installation process once you’ve started installing the update.

While the update can be installed by clicking on the Apple logo in the top right hand corner of the screen, then clicking 'App Store' and then clicking on the Updates tab, the update can also be downloaded as a standalone installer if you have several Macs to update, with the standalone update available here.

According to this page, the OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 update by itself is 554.3 megabytes, while a ‘Combo’ update that includes all previous 10.10 updates weighs in at 841.1 megabytes.

So, what improvements does this update offer for consumers?

  • Resolves an issue that might cause Wi-Fi to disconnect
  • Resolves an issue that might cause web pages to load slowly
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Spotlight to load remote email content when this preference is disabled in Mail
  • Improves audio and video sync when using Bluetooth headphones
  • Adds the ability to browse iCloud Drive in Time Machine
  • Improves VoiceOver speech performance
  • Resolves an issue that could cause VoiceOver to echo characters when entering text on a web page
  • Addresses an issue that could cause the input method to switch languages unexpectedly
  • Improves stability and security in Safari

For enterprise customers, this update:

  • Improves performance for browsing DFS shares in the Finder
  • Fixes an issue where certain Calendar invitations could be displayed at the incorrect time
  • Fixes an issue for Microsoft Exchange accounts where the organizer of a meeting might not be notified when someone accepts an invitation using Calendar
  • Addresses an issue where Safari could continually prompt for credentials when accessing a site protected by NTLM authentication
  • Adds the ability to set "Out of Office" reply dates for Microsoft Exchange accounts in Mail

The security content of this update can be found here.

Meanwhile, Safari has been updated to version 8.0.3, 7.1.3 and 6.2.3, for Yosemite, Mavericks and Mountain Lion respectively.

WebKit has been updated to prevent a maliciously crafted website leading to an unexpected application termination or arbitrary code execution.

Apple says that ‘Multiple memory corruption issues existed in WebKit. These issues were addressed through improved memory handling.’

The following are the CVE-ID’s fixed by this update

CVE-2014-3192 : cloudfuzzer
CVE-2014-4476 : Apple
CVE-2014-4477 : lokihardt@ASRT working with HP’s Zero Day Initiative
CVE-2014-4479 : Apple

More information on the Safari updates can be found here.


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