Apple has said it will fix the growing scourge of iCloud Calendar spam that has been plaguing iOS and macOS users.
Over the past week, iPhone, iPad and MacBook users have complained that unwanted event invitations are appearing in their calendars, as spammers turn their attention to Apple's Calendar service rather than email, effectively bypassing potential spam filters.
These invites, which members of the V3 team have received, tend to come from Chinese companies and promise discounts on 'designer' brands. They are pushed out directly to connected iOS devices and trigger an onscreen notification that must be accepted or denied.
Interacting with a dodgy Calendar invite automatically sends a response to the sender, meaning spammers can easily determine whether a particular account is active.
Apple has finally acknowledged the problem and has promised that it's working on a fix.
A spokesperson for the company told iMore: "We are sorry that some of our users are receiving spam calendar invitations. We are actively working to address this issue by identifying and blocking suspicious senders and spam in the invites being sent."
Apple has yet to say when this fix will be released but, until then, users can redirect Calendar invites to Mail. To do so, sign into iCloud.com on a Mac or PC, navigate to 'Calendar' and fire-up 'Settings'. From here, select Preferences > Preferences > Advanced, navigate to Invitations and choose Email to [email address].
If you can't be arsed with that long-winded workaround, you can simply turn off Calendar notifications in iOS by heading to Notifications > Calendar in the Settings app.
While Apple has apologised for this iCloud spam issue, it has yet to acknowledge a battery drain issue that's plaguing iPhones running iOS 10.1.1.
Complaints first started cropping up on Apple's support forum at the end of October, with users moaning that their iPhone is shutting down when it's battery percentage is showing as 30 per cent.
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