Newsletter: Apple Releases iOS 11.4.1 and Snapchat & Amazon Working Together

Newsletter: Apple Releases iOS 11.4.1 and Snapchat & Amazon Working Together

QUOTE OF THE DAY_ Technology frightens me to death. It’s designed by engineers to impress other engineers. And they always come with instruction booklets that are written by engineers for other engineers — which is why almost no technology ever works. –John Cleese

Apple Releases iOS 11.4.1

iOS 11.4.1 officially adds USB Restricted Mode and fixes bugs with AirPods, Exchange mail servers.

What is the new update all about?

This is the fifteenth update released by Apple since iOS 11 was released last year. The update includes security updates, USB Restricted Mode and big fixes for the Find My AirPods feature and synching with Exchange accounts.

This update adds an extra layer of protection against to the USB devices being used by law enforcement and private companies to connect over Lighting to crack an iPhone’s passcode and dodge Apple’s encryption safeguards.

USB Restricted Mode is an enhancement to user privacy.

usb accessories iphone

How to enable the new USB Restricted Mode?

Go to Settings > Face ID (or Touch ID) & Passcode.

Here, you’ll see a new toggle for USB Accessories. Slide it to enable as it is disabled by default.

This means your iPhone or iPad will be locked for over an hour after the mode is activated and no longer USB accessories will be allowed by iOS to connect to the device. This will shut down cracking tools like GrayKey.

However, if you want to use iPhone after it is being locked, you can remove the hour limit.

erase data ios

What other releases Apple makes?

Apple also released minor updates for Apple Watch, Apple TV, and HomePod – watch 4.3.2., tvOS 11.4.1., and HomePod 10.4.1 with minor bug fixes.

The watchOS update notes simple states that 4.3.2 “includes improvements and bug fixes.” No release notes were provided for tvOS 11.4.1, but it likely includes small performance improvements and bug fixes. Finally, the HomePod update “includes general improvements for stability and quality.”

What all devices will receive the update?

The update will be available for the same devices as iOS 11.4 they are: iPhone 5S and later, iPad Air and later, iPad mini 2 and later and 2015 iPod touch.

Message displayed to users:

ios update available

What Apple says about the new feature?

“We’re constantly strengthening the security protections in every Apple product to help customers defend against hackers, identity thieves, and intrusions into their personal data.”

“We have the greatest respect for law enforcement, and we don’t design our security improvements to frustrate their efforts to do their jobs.”


New Snapchat Camera feature

Snapchat turning its camera into visual search engine to team up with Amazon.

What is the news?

Snapchat is in process of working on a new visual search feature codenamed Eagle. The new feature delivers users to Amazon’s listing. This feature is buried within Snapchat’s Android app an unreleased “visual Search” features.

Camera Search feature would work similarly to the app’s current Shazam integration.

How the feature works?

To use the feature you need to press, and hold to identify an object, song, barcode, and more! Once you do so the data will be sent to Amazon, Shazam and other partners and then the user will be able to see all results at Amazon.

Where did the idea come from?

The idea came from Pinterest’s Lens feature, that lets users shop for items by snapping pics with its in-app camera. Google also has a feature called “Lens”, which lets user search by pointing the camera at various types of objects.

Why is Snapchat working with Amazon?

The partnership with Amazon could be lucrative as Snapchat could generate some serious cash through affiliate deals.

What is Camera Search feature all about?

Camera Search feature isn’t just restricted to shopping on Amazon. The code also references sharing data with unspecified “other partners.” This means other companies that has signed on the Snapchat’s Snap Kit developer platform or even other potential retailers.

Snapchat’s future plans

Besides, the shopping thing Snapchat is working on gaming platform, that could fuel renewed engagement and new opportunities to make money.

How to use the new Snapchat feature?

  1. Add “Amazon” on Snapchat by either searching or scanning the picture in Snapchat
  2. Watch Amazon storied to get exclusive codes, you need to be fast to grab the deals.
    amazon stories code
  3. Search for the items on Amazon: amzn.to/snap
  4. Apply the promocode during checkout the finish the purchase.
    gift card snapchat amazon
Preeti is a technical writer with Systweak. She covers new technology and troubleshooting. She loves gadgets and is an avid reader. In her free time, she likes to travel and explore new places solo.

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