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IOS 11.4.1 update improves Find My AirPods feature

10 July 2018, 04:09 | Jodi Jackson

Apple releases iOS 11.4.1 with USB Restricted Mode

Enter your passcode tap switch to Off position

iOS 11.4.1 users have the ability to flip the feature on or off under the Touch ID & Passcode or Face ID & Passcode settings menu, under USB Accessories.

The toggle is off by default, which means that once your iOS device has been locked for more than an hour, the operating system will no longer allow USB access to connect to the device. This countdown can be reset by simply plugging in Apple's Lightning to USB 3.0 adaptor.

In addition to releasing iOS 11.4.1, Apple is also pushing out watchOS 4.3.2 for the Apple Watch and tvOS 11.4.1 for the Apple TV.

As a concession to user convenience, the restrictions on the Lightning port only comes into effect if the Lightning port is not now being used, and the device has not been unlocked for more than a hour.

Importantly, this technique would only work if the iOS device is not already in USB Restricted Mode when captured.

At any rate, USB Restricted Mode functions by preventing USB devices from connecting to your iPhone or iPad, and yes, that includes Lightning-powered accessories.


The iOS 11.4.1 upgrade is small by Apple standards - coming in at around 200MB - but it represents a big headache for the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other organizations that want to gain access to someone else's phone because it kills off the most common route to bypassing the device's security.

Greyshift claimed it had already worked around that restriction but it might not have to, at least not for a while.

It seems as though every new iOS updates brings various complaints from users ranging from performance setbacks to battery life issues, and iOS 11.4 is no exception.

Security researchers at ElcomSoft discovered the security hole, which can be found in iOS 11.4.1. Elcomsoft is a company that makes forensic tools for governments and law enforcement, so it is in the company's interest to break this new lock.

Apple's bug fix updates for iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS have been in beta since the last minor updates were released in May.



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