Cheap device could stall Apple's new USB port lock

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Apple hasn't even listed any of the updates on its security update page.

Today, Apple released iOS 11.4.1 for iPhones and iPads-a small update that fixes a couple bugs and introduces a new security feature.

Dozens of user reports on the Apple support community claim that their iPhones are suffering from expedited battery drain on iOS 11.4.

In a nutshell, iPhone users have found that the iOS 11.4 update is drastically reducing their battery life.


Tap Face ID & Passcode or Touch ID & Passcode depending on your device. With the lock in place, data cannot be transferred to or from the Lightning port; it can only be used for device charging. That seems to be the case for Apple's latest controversial security feature which was initially expected for iOS 12 in a few months.

The toggle is off by default, which means that once your iOS device has been locked for more than an hour, the operating system will no longer allow USB access to connect to the device.

In addition to releasing iOS 11.4.1, Apple is also pushing out watchOS 4.3.2 for the Apple Watch and tvOS 11.4.1 for the Apple TV.

While Apple has been testing it since the later beta versions of iOS 11.4, with the release of iOS 11.4.1, USB Restricted Mode is now available to the iPhone-using public at large. Finally, the HomePod update "includes general improvements for stability and quality". If you have taken the opportunity to upgrade your compatible device to iOS 11.4.1 and immediately regret that decision for one reason or another, then it is possible to downgrade the firmware. Sometimes the company shifts its focus to the next major release (in this case, iOS 12) in the summer.

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