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iOS 16.2 brings us more than 30 reasons to update. They are not what we expected

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The list of novelties that comes with the new updates to the operating systems is more than considerable. iOS 16.2 brings us the Freeform app, more customization on the iPhone 14 Pro lock screen, allows us to enjoy Apple Music Sing and much more. But, as if that were not enough, it brings us 30+ reasons to upgrade.

And no, they are not what we expected. Well, in system updates, as we have said on more than one occasion, there is much more than meets the eye. This latest round of versions shows us once again this clearly, because in iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 Apple has corrected more than 30 security vulnerabilities in our devices.

A very considerable list of security improvements

As the company collects on its dedicated page, the number of security holes that have been closed is more than considerable. In iOS 16.2 there are security improvements related to system graphics drivers, with WebKit, several related to the Kernel, with Safari, the Weather app, Photos and more. Improvements focused mainly on preventing arbitrary code from being executed on devices, but also from accessing the device’s location without permission or bypassing privacy protections.

Note, yes, that, according to Apple, none of these vulnerabilities have been publicly exploited. And precisely to prevent this from happening, they have been closed in this update that, once installed, will ensure that our data remains only ours. Something similar happens with tvOS, watchOS and even iCloud for Windows, which has reached version 14.1 to improve its security. In macOS 13.1 the list is the same, although the solution is added to a WebKit vulnerability that may have been actively exploited.

In this sense, Apple has released iOS 15.7.2 and iPadOS 15.7.2 as well as macOS Monterey 12.6.2 and macOS Big Sur 11.7.2 so that devices that can’t already update to the latest available versions get the same security enhancements. Updates that we can find ready to install, maybe even already downloaded.

We are, then, before more than 30 reasons to update the operating system of all our devices. We no longer talk about judging the systems by the novelties that, although there are many, may not interest all of us equally. We no longer talk about whether we can wait a few weeks to see how it goes before updating, we talk about the security of our data and devices. Security we can maintain from settings > General > Software update.

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Apple and Google must ban TikTok according to a US senator

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Michael Bennet, a Democratic US Senator from Colorado, is calling on Apple and Google to ban the TikTok app from the App Store and Play Store respectively. He cites national security reasons.

Banned for TikTok?

The TikTok social network is controlled by the Chinese group ByteDance and it has already been accused of collecting user data and then sharing it with the Chinese government. The company has always denied these accusations, but doubts remain among some politicians, especially in the United States.

So here is US Senator Michael Bennet who wrote a letter to Tim Cook (Apple boss) and Sundar Pichai (Google boss) asking them to ban TikTok, saying that no company subject to the “The dictates of the Chinese Communist Party should not have the power to accumulate so much data on the American people or provide content to nearly a third of our population”. He writes :

TikTok’s vast influence and aggressive data collection pose a specific threat to US national security because of its parent company’s obligations under Chinese law. Article 7 of China’s National Intelligence Law decrees that any organization or citizen must support, assist and cooperate with state intelligence work. Article 14 gives Chinese state security agencies the power to demand cooperation from companies like ByteDance, while Articles 16 and 17 allow intelligence officers to access relevant materials and files and use its communication tools and facilities.

He goes on to cite a June 2022 article revealing that TikTok employees had access to US user data between September 2021 and January 2022. “Everything is seen in China”had indicated an employee of the social network.

In view of the situation, the senator concludes his letter by stating: “Given these serious and growing concerns, I urge you to immediately remove TikTok from your respective app stores”.

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South Korea buries Apple’s iPhone clamping case (Battery Gate)

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The case of the voluntary slowing down of iPhone by Apple (battery gate), which, a few years ago, had earned the Cupertino company several strap lifts from international regulators, is bouncing back once again in South Korea. Against all expectations, the South Korean justice has indeed rejected a class action that pointed to the voluntary clamping of the iPhone in order, according to Apple, to save battery power and avoid an unexpected shutdown of the device. The proceedings initiated in court also argued that this restraint was a form of planned obsolescence whose objective was to encourage the purchase of a new iPhone.

Apple therefore escapes a new trial and possible compensation. The plaintiffs claimed no less than 1.64 million dollars in damages, an amount which would have been to be distributed among 9,800 people (owners or ex-owners of iPhone). Admittedly, the battery gate All the same, it dates back to 2017 – the year in which an iOS update reduced the performance of the iPhone’s processor to avoid unexpected shutdowns – but for those concerned, this does not change much.

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comes with the M2 chip, 256 GB and a featherweight for 220 euros less

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The main complaint that is attributed to the MacBook It is that the renewal between generations of this laptop has been rather scarce. A trend that has changed with the arrival of the MacBook Air 2022. Now, it is on Amazon at a minimum price and for 1,299 euros.

Apple 2022 MacBook Air Laptop with M2 Chip 13.6-Inch Liquid Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, Midnight Black

Apple 2022 MacBook Air Laptop with M2 Chip 13.6-Inch Liquid Retina Display, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD Storage, Backlit Keyboard, Midnight Black

Buy the MacBook Air 2022 at the best price

It is very normal in Apple products that the sales are not very crazy, but it is a discount of 220 euros compared to its recommended price. This laptop has never been cheaper than these 1,299 euros. MediaMarkt also has it for the same price.

A laptop with an ultra-thin design and light weight (1.3 kg). your screen 13.6 inches is IPS LCD with Liquid Retinaoffering a 2K resolution, True Tone technology and 500 nit brightness. It has four speakers with spatial audio and Dolby Atmos compatible.

Inside, the main asset is the processor with the M2 chipwhich is accompanied by 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB of SSD storagealthough it can expand up to 2TB. The battery, according to Xataka’s tests, may have a autonomy of 12 hours.

With macOS Monterey as a system, includes a webcam with 1080p resolutiontwo Thunderbolt/USB 4 ports, other for MagSafe 3 and the headphone jack.

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