Technology The latest iPad Pro disables mics when its case is closed

23:55  03 april  2020
23:55  03 april  2020 Source:   engadget.com

Apple just released the first iOS 13.4 developer beta

  Apple just released the first iOS 13.4 developer beta Just a week after iOS 13.3.1 rolled out to the public, Apple has released the first developer beta for iOS 13.4. If Apple follows the same script that it did with iOS 12, it's possible that this will be the last major numbered update for iOS 13 before Apple unveils iOS 14 at WWDC in June. We're still waiting to find out what Apple has added in this new beta, but it will undoubtedly be filled with plenty of bug fixes and performance enhancements. © Provided by Penske Media Corporation ios-13-dark-mode If you’re wondering whether or not your device is compatible with iOS 13.4 or iPadOS 13.4, we put together a full list below that contains every compatible device.

These days, any connected device with a microphone could arguably be treated with suspicion, from smart speakers to phones to computers. Apple helped to address privacy concerns in 2018 by adding a feature that disconnects MacBook microphones when the laptops' lids are closed. The documentation of the latest iPad Pro models (as spotted by 9to5Mac) shows that the company's new tablets sport a similar capability. When a user closes the cover of a compatible case, the iPad's security chip will cut the mic, which should help prevent snooping.

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When the case's cover is closed, software can't access audio data, whether from a standard app or one with root privileges. This means that even if the iPad's firmware is affected by malware, a bad actor won't be able to listen in. For the feature to work, the user has to have a case that's MFI or "Made for iPad" compliant. Any current iPad cases designed by Apple will suffice, including the Smart Folio, Smart Keyboard Folio and the Magic Keyboard, which should be available in May. Certified third-party cases should work, too.

While iPads don't have as many security issues as Android tablets, they're still vulnerable to compromises. This new measure from Apple is a welcome one, but it would be nice to be able to access the option from the iPad's interface so that it could work for users who prefer not to use a case.

Apple adds trackpad support to the iPad .
Apple just introduced a new iPad Pro, but older iPads are set to get a major update as well. On March 24th, Apple is releasing iPadOS 13.4 which includes full mouse and trackpad support for the first time. It'll work on all iPad Pro models, iPad Air 2 and later, the 5th-generation iPad and later, and the iPad mini 4 and later. Basically, if you've bought an iPad in the last four or five years, it should be supported. Apple says it didn't justApple says it didn't just replicate the cursor and mouse experience that you get on a Mac. Instead, the cursor is similar to the circular one that has worked as an accessibility feature since iPad OS was released last fall.

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