Apple data Siri shortcuts, screen time, student ID cards, more in updated iOS security guide

After the release of iOS 12, Apple released Mday as a revised versi of its iOS security guide with new features and system enhancements, including Siri suggestis, the new shortcut app, screen time and more.

According to a review provided by Apple, the security guide includes a number of new inputs and extensis specific to iOS 12, including secure enclaves for iOS devices, Express Card with power reserve, DFU and recovery mode, ctactless passes, and security certificates and programs. . Marquee features such as Siri Suggestis, the Shortcuts app, Screen Time and HomeKit TV Remote accessories are also listed as a call theme & # 39; s.

Beginning with Siri, the document notes that Siri suggestis for apps and shortcuts the device are generated using machine learning resources, while anymized data is returned to Apple to provide more accurate predictis.

"Custom shortcuts are versatile, they look like scripts or programs." A quarantine system is used to isolate shortcuts downloaded from the Internet, "says Apple. "The user is alerted when he first uses the shortcut and gets the opportunity to inspect the shortcut, including informati about where it comes from."

Since shortcuts can run JavaScript specified websites, iOS also downloads malware definitis and updates them when a shortcut is run to prevent malware exposure. When a JavaScript shortcut is run for the first time a particular web domain, users will receive a prompt that cancels the operati or allows it to ctinue.

Shortcuts, enabled via an app of the same name, are synchrized via iCloud all logged in devices, so that customizable Siri commands are available multiple endpoints. All informati is protected using end-to-end encrypti of CloudKit and while voice recogniti phrases are sent to Siri's servers, Apple does not receive the ctents of created shortcuts.

A comprehensive overview of Screen Time, Apple's app usage tracking soluti, is also included in the updated security guide. Apple notes that the new feature allows users to view usage data, set app or web usage limits, cfigure downtime and enforce additial restrictis. Downtime allows users to set time limits and rest hours in the app to ctrol the use of the app.

Apple points out that parents can mitor Screen Time parameters and check the usage patterns, restrictis and tools of their children that can be turned off by the child their eighteenth birthday.

If a user has the Share iPhe Analytics setting enabled their device, Apple collects a small amount of anymised data to understand how Screen Time is used. Data points include when Screen time is activated, whether it is enabled, or Downtime is enabled, the number of times the demand has been used and the number of app limits currently active a device.

Important for users who have Express cards such as transit or student ID cards, Apple says that NFC cards can be used the iPhe, even if iOS is not running due to too low a battery. According to the company, a device that needs to be charged may still have enough power to perform Expresscard transactis.

"Pressing the side butt displays the empty battery ic, as well as text indicating that Express cards are available for use," says Apple. "The NFC ctroller performs express card transactis under the same cditis as when running iOS, except that transactis are indicated with a haptic notificati ly and no visible notificati is displayed."

Help reduce battery usage, Express mode cards are accessible without Touch ID, Face ID or password verificati.

Support for student IDs is also new in iOS 12. This feature allows students, teachers and staff to offer their ID card to Wallet through an app from the issuer. It is important that the publishing of apps must support two-factor authenticati for account access, while adding the cards to Wallet automatically enables the Express mode.

A secti HomeKit TV Remote provides informati about future support for Siri-compatible remote ctrol hardware, including how the system handles Siri commands.

"External HomeKit TV accessories from third parties offer HID events and Siri audio to a correspding Apple TV that has been added via the Home app" the paper s. "The HID events are transmitted through the secure sessi between the Apple TV and the remote ctrol, and a Siri-compatible TV Remote sends audio data to the Apple TV when the user explicitly activates the microphe the remote ctrol with a special Siri butt. to the Apple TV via a dedicated local network cnecti between the Apple TV and the remote "

Those interested in going deeper into the ins and outs of iOS 12 security, and details about a number of new features, can view the full white paper that was downloaded to the Apple website today as a PDF.

Apple updates the security guide with any major iOS release as standard and provides security and safety informati about the latest core features and additis to the operating system. The white paper was last updated in July and includes HomeKit, Apple Pay, Business Chat and other iOS 11.4 features.

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