iOS 11.1, tvOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Updates Now Available to Download: What’s New

iOS 11.1, tvOS 11.1, watchOS 4.1, macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 Updates Now Available to Download: What's New


  • The iOS 11.1 update has 70 new emoji characters
  • The update brings back 3D Touch App Switcher that was live until iOS 11
  • Apple has also released new watchOS and tvOS updates

Weeks after rolling out three minor updates to iOS 11, Apple has released iOS 11.1 as the first major point release of its latest platform. The new update is available for all iOS 11-compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models. The company has added a bunch of new emoji models as well as brought back the gesture-enabled 3D Touch App Switch through the newest update. Separately, it has released watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1 updates.

You can download the iOS 11.1 update on iPhone 5s and above models, iPad Air and above models, iPad mini 2 and above models, or the sixth generation iPod touch. To download the update, you need to go to Settings > General > Software Update and then follow the on-screen instructions. Your device should be running on a Wi-Fi connection to download the over-the-air (OTA) update. Also, it is advisable to back up your data before beginning the update process.

The first major change that comes with the iOS 11.1 update is the range of over 70 new emoji characters that include new food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, some more expressive smiley faces and gender-neutral characters. You would notice ten Unicode emoji models such as a crazy face, pie, pretzel, t-rex, vampire, exploding head and face vomiting among others. Similarly, there are improvements to existing creatures like dolphin, bee, snail, and whale to enhance your messaging experience.

In addition to the new emoji characters, the iOS 11.1 update has tons of fixes and improvements for Photos and VoiceOver. The update has also brought back support for accessing the app switcher using 3D Touch. This means you can now press the left edge of the 3D Touch-enabled display of your iPhone to access the multitasking App Switcher interface – without using the home button. The feature was well present until the release of iOS 11, but Apple disabled its existence supposedly to promote the button-less gestures of the iPhone X.

The iOS update also includes a list of security improvements. Notably, it patches the widespread vulnerability that was recently spotted in the WPA2 Wi-Fi protocol and was letting attackers use a key reinstallation attack (KRACK) to decrypt network traffic and gain access to personal data.

watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1

Alongside the release of iOS 11.1, Apple has brought watchOS 4.1 and tvOS 11.1. The new watchOS version is compatible with all the Apple Watch models, including the Series 1, Series 2 and Series 3, while the new tvOS is available for the fourth- and fifth-generation Apple TV devices.

The watchOS 4.1 update brings access to iCloud Music Library within the native Music app. There is also support for streaming music from both Apple Music and Radio. You leverage the LTE support of your Apple Watch Series 3 or connect your older Watch model to an active Wi-Fi network to stream your favourite tracks. Additionally, Apple has enabled GymKit support that will let you share your workout data through advanced gym equipment.

Here’s how you update to watchOS 4.1. First, you need to have at least 50 percent charge on the Apple Watch before you start the update – it is also recommended to keep it charging while updating. Your iPhone will to be in close proximity to the Apple Watch, and will need to be on Wi-Fi. After this, users will need to launch the Watch app on their iPhone and head to the My Watch tab and then General > Software Update. Enter the Watch passcode if prompted and then follow the prompts from your iPhone. The Apple Watch should restart twice before the update is completed.

Unlike the feature-rich watchOS 4.1, the tvOS 11.1 update doesn’t include any noticeable upgrades. The new version, however, fixes the WPA2 Wi-Fi vulnerability. Apple is also set to bring more settings control to Apple TV 4K users, but through tvOS 11.2, as spotted from the first developer beta of the next update.

To update to tvOS 11.1, users need to open the Settings app on their Apple TV, and then navigate to Settings > Systems > Software Update. Once this is done, the Apple TV will search for the update and you can proceed to download tvOS 11.1 following the on-screen prompts.

macOS High Sierra 10.13.1

Apple on Tuesday also released macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 update, which brings new features apart from security and stability fixes. To start with, it supports 70 new emoji, including food types, animals, mythical creatures, clothing options, more expressive smiley faces, gender-neutral characters, and more. It fixes a bug where Bluetooth appeared as unavailable during Apple Pay transactions. It also improves the reliability of Microsoft Exchange message sync in Mail. Finaly, it fixes an issue where Spotlight does not accept keyboard input.

There are several changes for the enterprise crowd, but what’s more interesting are the number of security fixes, including a fix for WPA2 Wi-Fi protocol vulnerability that exposes it to KRACK (Key Reinstallation Attacks). To install the macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 update, users need to open to the Mac App Store and navigate to the Updates tab to find the update.


iOS 10.3.3, macOS 10.12.6, watchOS 3.2.3, and tvOS 10.2.2 Updates Released: What’s New

iOS 10.3.3, macOS 10.12.6, watchOS 3.2.3, and tvOS 10.2.2 Updates Released: What's New


  • New versions are minor updates
  • Available worldwide for supported devices
  • iOS 10.3.3 brings security fixes and other improvements

Apple rolled out minor software updates for all its major platforms – iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS – on Wednesday evening, most of which have to do with bug fixes, performance improvements, and security updates.

iOS 10.3.3 fixes a number of security issues that could affect core services such as Messages, Safari, WebKit, and Contacts. Meanwhile, macOS Sierra 10.12.6 is said to improve security, stability, and compatibility of your device. It also patches a few enterprise aspects, such as SMB, Xsan, and the Terminal app.

The Apple Watch update – watchOS 3.2.3 – fixes some of the same issues that plagued iPhone and iPad, aside from kernel and Wi-Fi security improvements. That leaves tvOS 10.2.2, which is only available for the most recent 4th-generation Apple TV. It too handles similar security updates.

iOS 10.3.3 can be downloaded through the Settings app under General > Software Update, while macOS Sierra 10.12.6 is available via the Mac App Store. As always, we advise you backup your iPhone or iPad before installing the update.

watchOS 3.2.3 can be found in the Apple Watch app under General > Software Update, and tvOS 10.2.2 is available under Settings > System > Software Updates.

In fall this year, Apple will release major new updates for all of its platforms in the form of iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11. Public beta versions are already available for some of these operating systems if you wish to test out the new features, though do understand that beta software can be buggy and can even lead to data loss.


Small Business Apple Users, MacOS Sierra Is Here

Small Business Apple Users, MacOS Sierra Is Here

While Apple might not admit it, the company seems to have a clear preference for iOS, leaving macOS and its users a bit under appreciated. But the company is slowly adding new capabilities to its desktop operating system, making its latest major release, macOS Sierra, the closest it has come so far to an iPhone or iPad.

After the new iOS 10 was announced earlier this month, along with the new iPhone 7 and other products, it was finally the Mac’s turn. And just to make sure it didn’t feel left behind, Apple added some of the features you can now find on iOS to Sierra.

For business users, the new additions are incremental changes that will improve some of the tasks you perform on your PC, but there is nothing groundbreaking. Here are some of the features you will find in the new OS. 

Key Business Features of MacOS Sierra


After some prodding and pressure from Microsoft’s Cortana in Windows, Apple has relented and Siri is now available on Sierra. If you haven’t used the current batch of AI assistants, you will find they can really make your workflow run much smoother.

In addition to asking Siri for directions, the time, and the weather, you can ask for help adjusting system preferences, finding documents, sending messages and email, looking up information, searching a user’s photo library, and more.

Apple Pay

If you want to pay for something on a website with Apple Pay, there are around 300,000 participating websites that will let you complete your purchase with Touch ID on iPhone 6 or newer devices and Apple Watch.

Apple says it doesn’t share your credit or debit card information with online merchants and it uses strong encryption to protect all communication between your device and Apple Pay servers.

This can really simplify the way you pay for the supply and services for your small business.

Picture in Picture

The PIP feature, which has been available on the iPad previously, lets you watch a video from a Web page by extracting it and placing it on your desktop without the other content of the website. If you switch to other desktop applications, the video continues to play.


Even the smallest businesses may have more than one device, and with the continuity feature Apple introduced last year, your files can now be synced across your phone, tablet, laptop and desktop with the help of iCloud. So if you make an update on your iPhone, when you go home and use your Mac, you will have the latest changes.

This is a great feature for any business, because it simplifies your workflow by not having to go over any changes you make at your office or home.


The feature that is getting the most attention in Photos is Memories. It can group pictures and videos from your library based on times, locations and people, and create short slide shows based on the selections.

MacOS Sierra - Photos

It uses advanced computer vision to identify faces, objects and scenes in images so you can search by who or what is in it.


Mail has a new quick filter that lets you look at messages that you haven’t read, as well as messages with attachments, flagged messages, and messages that you have been CC’d on, are addressed to you specifically or are from VIPs.

If your business email address is out of control, this is one way to ensure you get the most relevant emails.


Collaboration is on everyone’s list of options when it comes to functionality, and Notes has a real-time collaboration feature that lets you invite a user with Apple ID so you can view and edit the document together. You can send the invite using Twitter, Facebook, Mail, Messages, AirDrop, and more.

Optimized Storage

Optimized storage can detect when your hard drive is running out of room and it automatically frees up space on your computer by sending the files to the cloud if they haven’t been used in some time. The feature also gets rid of junk files.

Universal Clipboard

You can now copy content from an app on your iPhone or iPad and paste it into another app on another Apple device, which in this case would be a desktop or laptop. And with iCloud Desktop and Documents, you can access files on your Desktop from an iPhone and iPad.

MacOS Sierra - Universal Clipboard

More Control for Autocorrect

You now have more granular control when it comes to autocorrect. Whether it is correcting spelling, capitalizing words or adding a period at the end of a sentence you can keep or disable the behavior you want.

More Choices for Encryption

The Apple File System (APFS) encryption on Sierra uses AES-XTS and AES-CBC ciphers for three kinds of native encryption, including no encryption, single-key file and metadata encryption, and multi-key encryption. The multi-key encryption can perform metadata, per-file and per-extent encryption.

With security a persistent problem for anyone with a digital presence, this is a great way to make sure the information on your Mac is protected at all times.

Auto Unlock

This is a security feature which according to Apple will make Macs more secure for users that have an iPhone or Apple Watch. It pairs your Mac computer with your mobile device using Bluetooth and whenever you are nearby, it detects your presence and unlocks your computer.

MacOS Sierra - Auto Unlock

If you are tired of passwords, and who isn’t these days, this is another option.


The new operating system is available as a free update from the Mac App Store, and it supports all Macs introduced since late 2009. However, Apple has warned some features may not be available in all regions or languages. You can go here to find out more.

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Apple to Block Adobe Flash by Default in Safari 10 on macOS Sierra

Apple to Block Adobe Flash by Default in Safari 10 on macOS Sierra


  • Safari 10 will push HTML5 as default.
  • New browser will ship with macOS Sierra this fall.
  • Google and Mozilla have implemented similar measures.

Following Google’s footsteps, Apple has announced it will block Adobe Flash Player plugin in its new Safari browser that will be shipped alongside macOS Sierra. After the new operating system is shipped in fall, the Safari 10 browser will push HTML5 as the default.

Apple developer Ricky Mondello elaborated in a blog post that if a website supports Flash content, then Safari would ask for permission before running it. He encourages developers to switch to HTML5, as it improves performance and battery life.

The Cupertino giant was amongst the first to start blocking Flash, with the platform long inaccessible on iOS. The company is now bringing the fight to the desktop browser, joining the battle of killing the ageing rich media content platform that’s riddled with security flaws and vulnerabilities. When Google Chrome announced its plans to make HTML5 default, it released a whitelist of ten websites which would be not be blocked by default for using Flashc content. These included Facebook, YouTube, and Yahoo, among others. Apple, however, has not announced any such list.

Mondello explains that Safari will pretend as if Flash Player is not installed, “Most websites that detect that Flash isn’t available, but don’t have an HTML5 fallback, display a “Flash isn’t installed” message with a link to download Flash from Adobe. If a user clicks on one of those links, Safari will inform them that the plug-in is already installed and offer to activate it just one time or every time the website is visited. The default option is to activate it only once. We have similar handling for the other common plug-ins.”

Apple does mention that it isn’t killing off plugin support altogether, but is just discouraging it. It will ask users for permission to activate the plugin, but then also allow them to keep it activated for subsequent visits. The plugin will then remain active for the user as long as the website is regularly visited. Safari expires a user’s request to activate a plugin on a particular website after it hasn’t seen that plugin used on that site for a little over a month.

Other legacy plugings that Apple will block by default include Java, Silverlight, and its own QuickTime. Apple asked the developers to test Safari 10 on macOS Sierra beta, and see how this change affects their websites. In any case, developers should take the hint, and get rid of support for legacy plugins, and switch to HTML5 or other modern standards instead.

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