Apple Releases iOS 11.2.1 with Home App Remote Access Fix

Muriel Hammond
December 14, 2017

iOS 11 is one of the biggest software updates Apple has released, but it launched along with some bugs.

Sometimes the company makes haste in an update for fixing bugs and it goes all wrong. iOS 11.2.1 update will fix the bug in HomeKit for you, which allowed hackers to get access to your smart home gadgets such as smart locks.

It was a pretty nasty bug, letting unauthorized people access your home accessories including locks and garage door openers. The Cupertino based tech giant is known for providing super fast updates for its operating system of iPhones and iPads. It doesn't seem that Apple made a decision to include with its latest update, a fix for the glitch that prevents an iPhone user with Apple Pay Cash to reinstall the feature after deleting it from his or her phone.

Apple quickly addressed the issue by rolling out an update on its server side, however, it disabled remote access to share users. The tvOS 11.2.1, meanwhile, is available to download for Apple TV 4 and 4K model. Today's update brings back the HomePod's remote access for shared users while the security vulnerability is now fully patched.

The update is about 57.6 MB in size and is now available to all compatible iOS devices including iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and other Apple devices starting from iPhone 5S or newer, 5th Gen iPad or newer and iPod touch 6th Gen. Devices on beta versions may need to remove beta profiles then reboot to see the updates.

Notably, Apple released the major software update iOS 11.2 last week for eligible iPhone, iPad and iPod users.

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