iOS 15.1 Resulting in Unresponsive Interface for Some iPhone Users, Carries 2 ‘Zero-Day’ Vulnerabilities

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iOS 15.1 has resulted in issues including an unresponsive user interface and erratic battery life for some iPhone users, according to a report. An iOS update was released last week to address some issues that appeared on previous iOS versions. It also introduced features including SharePlay support. Besides the issues some users are experiencing, a security researcher has claimed that the iOS 15.1 update includes two unpatched “zero-day” vulnerabilities even though they were reported to Apple a few months ago.

Adrian Kingsley-Hughes of ZDNet has reported that a number of users who have updated their iPhone to iOS 15.1 are experiencing issues including an unresponsive user interface along with delays in some areas and extremely variable battery life. The iOS update is also said to have an annoying experience with Bluetooth headphones including AirPods Pro.

The author also notes that the ‘Unlock With Apple Watch’ feature that Apple fixed in iOS 15.0.1 still presents an unpleasant experience because it unlocks the iPhone when looking at the screen without wearing the mask. This is in contrast to the original purpose of the feature which was essentially allowing users to unlock their iPhone using the Apple Watch when wearing a face mask.

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In some cases, Kingsley-Hughes has also noticed that the iPhone in his pocket is automatically unlocked by the Apple Watch.

Besides the issues addressed by Kingsley Hughes, security researcher Denis Tokarev has chirp To claim that iOS 15.1 includes two unpatched “zero-day” vulnerabilities. The researcher claimed that these security issues have been known to Apple for more than seven months.

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Both serious-looking vulnerabilities are said to allow apps including Facebook and TikTok to track users and their profile and access sensitive user data, without receiving any explicit consent from users.

Tokarev publicly disclosed the flaws through a detailed blog post in September after receiving no official response from Apple. In the past month, though, he seems to have gotten Company commitment To fix the issues last month. However, Apple has not yet corrected the reported defects.

Interestingly, iOS 15.1 was the third iOS update and ninth in the series since the researcher first reported security issues to Apple in March, according to Forbes.

Although Apple didn’t work on the issues reported by Tokarev, it did patch some vulnerabilities in iOS 15.1 released along with iPadOS 15.1. Corrected issues are detailed on the Security page.

Gadgets 360 has reached out to Apple for comment on bugs affecting iPhone users and security issues within iOS 15.1. This article will be updated when the company responds.


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Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, from New Delhi. Jagmeet is a Senior Correspondent at Gadgets 360, and has written extensively on applications, computer security, Internet services, and communications developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @jagmeetS13 or email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send your leads and tips. more

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