Published: Thu, July 12, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Did Apple make it easier for your iPhone to get hacked?

Did Apple make it easier for your iPhone to get hacked?

According to Apple, if a user does not unlock their password-protected iOS device or have not done so for the past one hour, then the "iOS device won't communicate with the accessory or computer, and in some cases, it might not charge". Said bug would crash iPhones any time Taiwan was mentioned or return a "null" code when searching for Taiwanese language in the iOS language and region settings.

Here's Apple's support page if you want more information on the new security feature.

The glitch was discovered by security researcher Patrick Wardle, who founded South Florida cybersecurity firm Digital Security.

Mr Wardle informed Apple about the bug and helped the company to fix it, which Apple noted in a security update in June and fixed on Tuesday.

China considers Taiwan as a renegade provice, and does not recognise the sovereignty of the island nation.

This is not the first time U.S. company has made diplomatic changes to its devices on behalf of the Chinese government.

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As a result of the strained relations between the two countries, the Taiwanese flag is censored in China. Wardle notes in a blog post documenting the bug, that Apple had added code to remove the Taiwanese flag emoji from the emoji keyboard to appease the Chinese government. Apple didn't respond to an email seeking comment for this post.

Ultimately, the researcher found an error in emoji suppression logic that may have been included at the behest of the Chinese government, given the country's claim that Taiwan is a territory of China rather than it being an autonomous entity.

It also removed some Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) from the App Store in China. First, the latest iOS 11.4.1 update will fix an issue which prevented some users from viewing the last known location of their AirPods in the Find Phone app.

More than half of British adults are not confident with their command of spelling and grammar, the study also found.

The use of emojis has seeped into our culture to such an extent that the Oxford Dictionary's "Word of the Year" in 2015 wasn't actually a word at all - it was the Face With Tears emoji, which shows just how influential the little graphic images have become.

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