Apple this morning has released OS X 10.10 Yosemite Developer Preview 5.
The new update brings various performance improvements and bug fixes. The previous Developer Preview brought some minor user-interface enhancements and significant speed improvements. Apple also released iOS 8 beta 5.
Information security has never been a more sensitive subject than it is these days, so it’s little surprise that allegations from a security researcher that iOS contains a ‘backdoor’ permitting access to users’ information provoked a strong response from Apple.
A number of undocumented features in iOS have been found to essentially create backdoors for siphoning large amounts of users' personal data from Apple devices.
Jonathan Zdziarski, a researcher who often trains federal and state law enforcement agencies in forensic techniques, revealed the existence of the mostly hidden features. The data-stealing avenues have evolved over the last few years and may have been used by the U.S. National Security Agency to collect data on potential targets, Zdziarski said.
It was just a few months ago that iOS 7.1 was released, bringing in a host of features for iPhone owners. However, if you’re one of the millions if iPhone owners who happen to also enjoy jailbreaking their devices, every Apple update forces you to wait for another jailbreak. The wait is over for the iOS 7.1.1 jailbreak, but some concerns remain about the circumstances behind the jailbreak itself.