Apple has issued updates for the iOS and Mac OS X platforms, offering security and feature improvements. The updates come at the same time that Apple announced record $18bn profits for Q1 2015.
The iOS 8.1.3 release is 136MB in size for those updating from iOS 8.1.2 and features several key updates, listed by Apple as follows:
- Reduces the amount of storage required to perform a software update
- Fixes an issue that prevented some users entering their Apple ID password for Messages and FaceTime
- Addresses an issue that caused Spotlight to stop displaying app results
- Fixes an issue that presented multi-tasking gestures from working on iPad
The update also contains several security fixes which Apple has detailed on its website. Several of these relate to exploitable flaws, including one in the iTunes software.
"An issue existed in the handling of URLs redirected from Safari to the iTunes Store that could allow a malicious website to bypass Safari's sandbox restrictions," Apple said.
"The issue was addressed with improved filtering of URLs opened by the iTunes Store."
Three of the fixes relate to vulnerabilities uncovered by a researcher with Google's Project Zero security team. These appear unrelated to flaws revealed last week by the same Google team.
These security problems focused on the Mac OS X system. Apple has also issued fixes for the Yosemite version of the platform, although it has not specified which problems it has addressed so it is not clear whether the flaws found by Google are now patched.
The Mac OS X 10.10.12 update also include functionality fixes such as improving WiFi connectivity, web page loading times and the overall stability and security of Safari.
The updates come during a busy week for Apple. The company revealed a record-breaking $18bn Q1 profit, confirmed that the Apple Watch will ship from April, and announced that its partnership with IBM should yield 100 apps by the end of 2015.
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