iOS 15 and 14.8 updates for business

It’s that time of year again when Apple releases the latest iteration of their operating systems, packed full of exciting new features and this year many are enterprise orientated! I’ve picked out some of the new key features that might be useful during your working day:

Focus

Match your devices to your mindset with Focus; automatically filter notifications based on what you’re currently doing. Turn on Do Not Disturb to switch everything off, or choose from a provided Focus for work, personal time and many more situations. If you’ve turned on Focus for driving but still want your important customers to know that you’ve got their message, then iOS 15 can automatically reply for you with a customisable message. With Status, your contacts will be informed if you have a Focus enabled, no more guessing your boss is in a meeting! But if you did need to interrupt then Urgent messages will break through notifications that would otherwise have been silenced by Focus.

FaceTime

Invite your customers and colleagues into a FaceTime call using a web link you can share anywhere. Anyone you share the link with can now join you in a FaceTime call, even if they don’t have an Apple device! You can also generate a web link for a FaceTime call while creating an event in Calendar, then once in the call, you will now have the ability to share your iPhone and iPad screen with others on the call.

Live Text

Ever taken a photo of a document or whiteboard to save for later, only to manually type out the contents? With Live Text in photos, text is now completely interactive in all your photos, so you can use functions like copy and paste, look up, and translate. Live Text works in Photos, Screenshot, Quick Look and Safari, and in live previews with Camera.

Mail Privacy Protection

Mail Privacy Protection helps protect your privacy by preventing email senders from learning information about your Mail activity. If you choose to turn it on, it hides your IP address so senders can’t link it to your other online activity or determine your location. And it prevents senders from seeing if you’ve opened their email.

Security Updates

On the topic of privacy and security, iOS 15 also comes with some important security patches.

Citizen Lab, a research group part of the University of Toronto, recently discovered a zero-day zero-click exploit in iMessage that allowed an attacker to remotely exploit and infect Apple devices.

“Updates are released all the time, what’s the urgency to update?” I hear you ask. Good question! ‘Zero-click’ means that as a user you don’t need to do anything to be exploited, in fact, the delivery payload of this attack is a maliciously crafted PDF file sent via iMessage. So a bad actor could potentially compromise your device by sending you a file, you wouldn’t even need to open it. And reports from Citizen Lab suggest that this has been used to install spyware that hides its tracks, so you may not even know your device has been compromised.

Apple has acknowledged on their security document for this update that there are reports of this issue being actively exploited. And that’s the other reason for the urgency. Many vulnerabilities are discovered and patched often before any bad actors start exploiting them, but this time the vulnerability was discovered because a device had already been compromised.

Making sure your device has the latest software updates installed is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to protect your organisation from cyber-attacks.

iOS 15 is compatible with iPhone 6s or later, to update just tap on the Settings app, then General, followed by Software Update.

Please contact our mobile support team if you have any questions.

If you want to make sure your iPhone is as secure as possible, but you’re not ready to upgrade to the new iOS 15, then you may install the newly released iOS 14.8 update instead. You can do this with the same steps above.