Apple stops signing iOS 16.2

Apple now no longer allows downgrade from iOS 16.3. This comes together with the news that previous iOS releases were subject to exploit allowing to get user's location if that permission was not given to the application.

Apple did not disclose details of this exploit.

Maps

Available for: iPhone 8 and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 3rd generation and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 5th generation and later

Impact: An app may be able to bypass Privacy preferences

Description: A logic issue was addressed with improved state management.

CVE-2023-23503: an anonymous researcher

About the security content of iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3

Apple Support: About the security content of iOS 16.3 and iPadOS 16.3

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Weekend good reads for Apple developers #2023/2

Weekend is already here. And it will be a long weekend in US, so buckle up and get ready for a long list of truly good reads.

And finishing up with one video on Swift memory ownership model:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6bWSsMO51M
Why you should care about the future of Memory Ownership in Swift

And that is a wrap. Have a great weekend, have some rest, read some good news and come back next Friday for another pack of good articles!

Apple unveils a tool for businesses to control their presence in Maps, Messages and other places

Today Apple announced availability of Apple Business Connect.

With Business Connect, businesses around the world can now directly manage their information in the interactive Apple Maps place card, including adding and updating photos and logos; inviting customers to take actions like ordering food or making a reservation directly from Maps; and presenting customers with special promotions.

Apple Newsroom

New feature will allow also to provide more info and relevant actions which could be performed at specific place, allowing better mobile app or website promotions.

Showcases, a new feature in the place card, helps businesses present customers with offers and incentives, like seasonal menu items, product discounts, and more. Businesses can easily update the Showcase section of their place card through Business Connect. Showcases are available to businesses in the US beginning today, and will be available to businesses globally in coming months. 

Businesses can also provide customers with useful information by highlighting actions for them to take directly from the Maps place card, like ordering groceries via Instacart, making a hotel reservation through Booking.com, or reserving a spot for dinner with OpenTable, and more, with just a tap.

Apple Newsroom

Apple Business Connect

Apple Newsroom: Introducing Apple Business Connect

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