Apple pushes out iOS 14.1, iMovie updates, and extra

Promotional image of smartphones against a white background.

Enlarge / The assorted colour choices of the iPhone 12. (credit score: Apple)

This week, Apple has launched a variety of software program updates to pave the way in which for tomorrow’s iPhone 12 launch. Amongst them: iOS and iPadOS 14.1, and updates to iMovie and GarageBand for iOS.

iOS 14.1 provides assist for the varied new iPhone 12-specific options, plus a variety of bug fixes. Many of the bug fixes repair UI bugs that shipped with iOS 14 final month. iPadOS 14.1 contains among the identical bug fixes.

Each updates are the second to return since iOS 14, after iOS and iPadOS 14.0.1. The replace instantly previous to this one fastened a bug that precipitated customers’ default mail and browser apps to reset when a tool was turned off or restarted. Nevertheless, customers have since discovered that their preferences are additionally being reset when App Retailer updates happen. iOS 14.1 doesn’t handle that difficulty.

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iPad (2020) micro-review: Battle-tested and greater than quick sufficient

Final month, Apple revealed and launched the Eighth-generation iPad. You might need forgotten; it was overshadowed by a radically redesigned iPad Air, two new Apple Watches, and different bulletins from the corporate. However nonetheless, that is prone to be one of the fashionable iPads, if not the hottest in Apple’s lineup due to one factor: worth.

At $329 with 32GB of storage and $429 with 128GB, it is going to be ubiquitous in environments the place cutting-edge options aren’t referred to as for, like point-of-sale, industrial use, and in colleges. Nevertheless it’s additionally going to be a content material consumption machine for a big selection of shoppers.

All that mentioned, there’s little or no completely different about this yr’s iPad in comparison with the final. In truth, all of it comes all the way down to efficiency. So we’ll go over simply that at present, together with a number of fast notes on the way it compares to the earlier mannequin.

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iOS and iPadOS 14 overview: iPhone transformation, iPad iteration

Siri in iOS 14, free from its full-screen shackles.

Enlarge / Siri in iOS 14, free from its full-screen shackles. (credit score: Samuel Axon)

For a few years now, we’ve heard that Apple saved laying aside a giant house display overhaul for iOS because it struggled with enhancing its growth course of to cut back the variety of bugs that ship with its massive annual releases like iOS 12 or iOS 13.

After these delays, iOS 14 lastly brings that house display renovation to fruition. Apple has launched house display widgets in a wide range of sizes, given customers new methods to handle their apps, and launched a non-home display place to place put in apps.

In case your first response to these options is that they sound rather a lot like Android, you’re not flawed—however as standard, Apple has carried out them in its personal means. So which is healthier for customers—the not too long ago launched Android 11, or iOS 14, which hit units solely per week later?

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Apple has lastly embraced key-based 2FA. So do you have to

An Ars-branded Yubikey.

Enlarge / An Ars-branded Yubikey. (credit score: Steven Klein)

Nearly three years in the past, Google launched its Superior Safety Program (APP), a safety plan for high-risk customers that requires {hardware} keys for account entry and is arguably the business’s simplest strategy to cease account takeovers of their tracks. However till now there was a significant flaw that held APP again: its iPhone and iPad choices have been prohibitively restricted for many customers. Now that this has modified—extra on the change in a bit—I really feel comfy recommending APP rather more extensively.

What’s APP?

By requiring customers to supply a bodily safety key along with a password every time they log in with a brand new gadget, APP is designed to cease the sorts of account breaches that Russian operatives used to disrupt the 2016 presidential election once they printed delicate emails from high-ranking Democratic officers.

These assaults introduced targets with convincing emails purportedly from Google. They warned, falsely, that the goal’s account password had been obtained by an outsider and will instantly be modified. When Hillary Clinton’s presidential marketing campaign chairman John Podesta and different Democrats complied, they successfully surrendered their passwords to hackers. Though hackers have some ways to compromise accounts, phishing stays one of the vital common, each as a result of it is simple and since the success price is so excessive.

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