Zoom Vulnerability, RIP MacBook and Why You Don't use iOS Betas

Vulnerabilities found in video conferencing apps Zoom, RingCentral and Zhumu

This week Apple used it’s silent update facility to remove a local web server which is quietly installed alongside the popular Apps in order for them to work. The affected web server has a vulnerability that could allow those with malicious intent to gain access to your webcam without your consent.

Unfortunately uninstalling Zoom doesn’t resolve the issue which is particularly bad form - they install a local web server without telling you and then don’t remove it when you uninstall their App…?

Zoom are apparently working on a fix for this but in the meantime it looks as though Apple have got our backs on this one.

RIP 12” MacBook

Introduced in 2015 the 12” MacBook has in my opinion been something of a Marmite thing - you either love it or hate it. For many its size and weight were ideal but its somewhat underpowered hardware put a great deal of people (myself included) off buying one. After all, you could buy an iPad Pro with a more power for less.

The question remains as to whether Apple will replace the MacBook in its product lineup or leave that space to the more than capable iPad Pro - especailly since iOS 13 will eliminate several of the reasons people went for the MacBook rather than the iPad in the first place.

Or maybe, just maybe, Apple will re-release it at a later date but using its own ARM processors rather than Intel ones. Time will tell.

iOS 13 Beta bug allows access to usernames and passwords without authentication.

This is hardly newsworthy in and of itself and the title provides a crucial bit of information - a flaw was found in BETA software. Beta software is for developers to test their software on new operating systems so that they can make sure that apps work correctly. It is not meant to be used on your own devices - especially those you rely on on a daily basis.

Yes, it’s tempting to download the absolutely latest version of a new OS but think of the potential lost time - and data! - should it inevitably go wrong. Let the professionals find the bugs folks and enjoy the fruits of their labours when iOS 13 is officially released.

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