Apple Releases iOS 7.1
Apple released the newest version of iOS this week. iOS 7.1 is now available as a free update for all iPads except the original iPad 1. The update is also available for iPhone 4 and above, and 5th Generation iPod Touch. Ars Technica has a great overview of the changes introduced with iOS 7.1. Apple has instructions for updating your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch.
I have updated several of my devices, but as always, it is important to remember that you should backup your device before updating. Although iCloud is a great option for backing-up your device, if there are any problems with the update on your device, it may take a full day to restore your device using iCloud (as opposed to a couple hours using a local backup). I highly recommend that you make a complete update on your local computer before installing any updates to iOS. I did have one of my iPads crash during the update (requiring a full restore), but there have not been any widespread reports of problems with this update.
Updates are important to install due to security updates that are made. This latest update from Apple includes numerous important updates that better secure your device. Apple has made a list of the security updates available on its website. The most important update is to SSL Certificate Trust Policy. This was previously patched in iOS 7.0.6, but if you are running any version of iOS below 7.0.6, your device, and maybe more importantly, your personal information is at risk of being compromised. Basically, iOS contained a bug that would allow malicious codes to intercept login credentials that you believed were being transmitted using secure encryption. MacWorld has a great article that summarizes the bug.
The iOS 7.1 update will be discussed further during our March 18th iPlug meeting. iPlug meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month at 7:30 am at the Panera in Fairfax, Delaware (the backroom of the restaurant). Meetings typically last one hour and are open to all Delaware Attorneys.