If you have mixed feelings about Apple’s iOS 11, you’re not the only one and you’re completely entitled to. iOS 11 has kind of disappointed Apple fans.
First, it was the common complaining many users had about how iOS 11 has slowed down their phones and the functioning of apps in general.
Now, everyone talks about a new flaw: that of turning “off” the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth which doesn’t seem to be OFF after all. Apparently, switching your app from blue to grey does not mean that you disconnected the service.
Here’s what happens:
Your iPhone will disconnect from Wi-Fi networks, but will stay on for Apple services and other Apple devices (like Apple Watch and Pencil) stay connected. Not only this creates a security loophole, but Apple didn’t even communicate this important detail to users.
A similar thing happens when turning Bluetooth “off”: it will disconnect other Bluetooth devices connected to your phone but it does not actually turn off the Bluetooth service on the iPhone or iPad.
Since these two elements didn’t happen with older iOS versions, here is what you can do to fix the trouble:
Go to the “Settings” app and flip the switch to the OFF position to completely disable Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth.
This is not much of an effort but it’s best that you know about it and take action so you don’t keep your phone exposed to any possible hacks.
How Apple developers can use facial data
Other news about Apple is related to the fact that the company allows developers who work on improving new Apple X features to access users’ facial data. This is done with their consent, but it still raises some privacy issues.
The reason behind this decision is to just create a users’ complete map of facial expressions, such as analyzing how people smile, blink or raise an eyebrow. While the arguments seem fair, many have concerns regarding the way these data will be used. Security specialists believe that collected data may be used for advertising or marketing reasons, such as selling it to marketers, so they would know how people react to commercials.
This is just a heads-up alert and maybe you should think twice before saying “Yes” to a new feature or when a company asks your consent for something.