Apple releases iOS 11.2.1 update, fixes a bug in HomeKit

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Apple promptly fixed the issue server side by temporarily disabling remote access for shared users in HomeKit.

Apple releases iOS 11.2.1 update for iPhone and iPad. Today, another bug forced Apple to send out a new iOS build to exterminate it.

Last week, 9to5Mac reported a vulnerability in iOS HomeKit, which allowed for unauthorised control of HomeKit-connected accessories such as smart locks and smart lights. But, the highlight of the said update is the Apple Pay Cash feature. - Apple quickly fixed the bug internally, however doing so disabled remote access for shared users in HomeKit. Meanwhile, over in beta land, Apple's beamed out the iOS 11.2.5, watchOS 4.2.2, and tvOS 11.2.5 developer beta, so watch out for those in the weeks ahead. Users should back up data before downloading the update. Apple Watch users should keep in mind that once you install beta software, you can not downgrade back to the public release.

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You won't find any new front-facing features in these updates; they focus on bug fixes and stability improvements, as their version numbers imply. Further, if your device runs beta software, you may have to remove "beta profiles" and then reboot before manually checking for the update.

Apple iPhone, iPad users can go to Settings app General Software Update and check for the update. The update is available for iPhone 5s and later, iPad Air and later and iPod touch 6th generation. If anyone is keeping count, this is the eight update to hit users following the global rollout of iOS 11 a couple of months ago.

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