Apple rolls out iOS 13.1.1 – the second update they launched this week

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 Within the first week of the launch of the new generation of its operating system, Apple once again released an update to the earlier released update. In a support announcement, the smartphone maker rolled out iOS 13.1.1 to address known vulnerabilities that have been flagged in the first two releases such as iOS 13 and iOS 13.1.  

The new update aims to fix the bugs that have been identified to persist in the operating system even after the tech giant has released its first round of update. For one, the

 Within the first week of the launch of the new generation of its operating system, Apple once again released an update to the earlier released update. In a support announcement, the smartphone maker rolled out iOS 13.1.1 to address known vulnerabilities that have been flagged in the first two releases such as iOS 13 and iOS 13.1.  

The new update aims to fix the bugs that have been identified to persist in the operating system even after the tech giant has released its first round of update. For one, the iOS 13.1.1 will patch the problem involving third-party keyboard extensions. 

The said vulnerability allows third-party keyboard extensions like SwiftKey and Gboard to gain full access to the device even without the authorization of the device user. Third-party keyboard extensions, as Apple explained, can be “designed to run entirely standalone.” This means that they will be able to function even without connecting to the device’s network. However, there are cases when the keyboard apps are requesting “full access” to provide additional features through network access. 

Apple said that the process of requesting “full access” makes the devices vulnerable because of the said bug. Instead of popping up a request for the user to confirm, unpatched iOS 13 will go directly and grant the keyboard extension full access without the users knowing. 

“This issue does not impact Apple’s built-in keyboards. It also ‘doesn’t impact third-party keyboards that don’t make use of full access,” the company said in the support announcement. “An upcoming software update will fix an issue that impacts third-party keyboard apps. This issue applies only if you’ve installed third-party keyboards on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.”

This security risk is what iOS 13.1.1 aims to address, but Apple has also included other minor fixes and updates. Another issue that the recently launched update would address is the bug that could prevent iPhone restoring from backup.

Battery issues that cause the device to drain the battery quicker are also addressed by the iOS 13.1.1 update, as well as fixing a problem that could impact recognition of Siri requests on iPhone 11iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Other fixes include resolving the problem where Safari search suggestions may re-enable after turning them off and addressing an issue that could cause Reminders to sync slowly.

Apple also released a separate update announcement for iPadOS 13.1.1, which also addresses the same issues like that in iPhones like the keyboard extension bug and the battery issues, among others. Both iOS 13.1.1 and iPadOS 13.1.1 are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

The iOS 13.1.1 is most likely going to be followed by another round of updates which will be iOS 13.2. Many researchers have already spotted the update in analytics and could be released in a beta capacity in the coming weeks.

iOS 13.1.1 is the second round of updates rolled out by Apple in this week alone. On Thursday, the company has launched iOS 13.1, which resolves several issues in the performance of the operating system. The iOS 13.1 was launched in order to fix the problem wherein saved contacts of users can potentially be disclosed to other people without requiring them to enter a password and other forms of biometric identification. It also fixed the major issue regarding its location permissions. According to recent reports, when a user to decided to select never to share location details for an app, the vulnerability will instead change the response to “Ask next time.”

The first round of update for iOS 13, which was scheduled to be released on September 30, was launched a week earlier in order to address the vulnerability.

will patch the problem involving third-party keyboard extensions. 

The said vulnerability allows third-party keyboard extensions like SwiftKey and Gboard to gain full access to the device even without the authorization of the device user. Third-party keyboard extensions, as Apple explained, can be “designed to run entirely standalone.” This means that they will be able to function even without connecting to the device’s network. However, there are cases when the keyboard apps are requesting “full access” to provide additional features through network access. 

Apple said that the process of requesting “full access” makes the devices vulnerable because of the said bug. Instead of popping up a request for the user to confirm, unpatched iOS 13 will go directly and grant the keyboard extension full access without the users knowing. 

“This issue does not impact Apple’s built-in keyboards. It also ‘doesn’t impact third-party keyboards that don’t make use of full access,” the company said in the support announcement. “An upcoming software update will fix an issue that impacts third-party keyboard apps. This issue applies only if you’ve installed third-party keyboards on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.”

This security risk is what iOS 13.1.1 aims to address, but Apple has also included other minor fixes and updates. Another issue that the recently launched update would address is the bug that could prevent iPhone restoring from backup.

Battery issues that cause the device to drain the battery quicker are also addressed by the iOS 13.1.1 update, as well as fixing a problem that could impact recognition of Siri requests on iPhone 11iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max. Other fixes include resolving the problem where Safari search suggestions may re-enable after turning them off and addressing an issue that could cause Reminders to sync slowly.

Apple also released a separate update announcement for iPadOS 13.1.1, which also addresses the same issues like that in iPhones like the keyboard extension bug and the battery issues, among others. Both iOS 13.1.1 and iPadOS 13.1.1 are available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the updates, go to Settings > General > Software Update.

The iOS 13.1.1 is most likely going to be followed by another round of updates which will be iOS 13.2. Many researchers have already spotted the update in analytics and could be released in a beta capacity in the coming weeks.

iOS 13.1.1 is the second round of updates rolled out by Apple in this week alone. On Thursday, the company has launched iOS 13.1, which resolves several issues in the performance of the operating system. The iOS 13.1 was launched in order to fix the problem wherein saved contacts of users can potentially be disclosed to other people without requiring them to enter a password and other forms of biometric identification. It also fixed the major issue regarding its location permissions. According to recent reports, when a user to decided to select never to share location details for an app, the vulnerability will instead change the response to “Ask next time.”

The first round of update for iOS 13, which was scheduled to be released on September 30, was launched a week earlier in order to address the vulnerability.

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Al Restar
A consumer tech and cybersecurity journalist who does content marketing while daydreaming about having unlimited coffee for life and getting a pet llama. I also own a cybersecurity blog called Zero Day.

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