iOS

San Francisco Company Selling Exploits to the iPhone

Episode 1319

Apple iPhone 6s

Remember when Apple refused to unlock an iPhone because to do so would unlock all phones? Well the company NSO Group has found several flaws in the iPhone operating system and they've been selling exploits to governments to spy on dissidents. They've apparently had the exploit for three years and have been selling it. Apple has moved to patch the exploits that have been reported, but the question is, have they gotten them all? Leo says there's something wrong about selling the ability to spy on people.

Why does my iPhone screen drop down when I tap the home button?

Episode 1317

Doug from Long Island, NY
Apple iPhone 6s

Doug has iOS 9.5.3 installed, and when he taps on the home button, the whole screen drops down. Leo says it's a feature that allows you to use your phone one handed because the iPhone 6S is larger than the previous iPhones. It's supposed to do that whenever you double tap the home button, without actually pressing it down.

How can I add a word to the iPhone autocorrect dictionary?

Scott from Arlington, TX

Episode 1312

Scott is frustrated with the phone dictionaries because they have a limited vocabulary and it's not very easy in iOS to add a word. Leo agrees, but he can go into the keyboard settings and add the option in. Leo says that autocorrect will learn words over time. Autocorrect should offer suggestions, including the one of the left, which will be the word as he typed it. If he selects that, it will tell autocorrect to add that to the dictionary. Another option is to cancel out the autocorrect entirely.

Vulnerability Found in Apple's macOS and iOS

Episode 1308

MacBook Air, iPhone, iPad

Cisco has found a vulnerability similar to the Android text exploit, which could take control of your mobile phone through a text message. Leo says that Apple has released a patch to close the hole before anyone else had discovered it. This affects iOS, watchOS, macOS, and tvOS. Mavericks and Yosemite users don't have a fix yet, though, so those users should disable iMessage until they do. If you can't get past Mavericks because your desktop is too old, turn off iMessages permanently.