Published: Tue, July 10, 2018
IT&Software | By Alfonso Woods

How to use USB Restricted Mode on your iPhone or iPad

How to use USB Restricted Mode on your iPhone or iPad

Apple also today released security updates for.

The feature, which you'll find in iOS 11.4.1, locks down the data connection over the Lightning port one hour after the last time your iOS device is unlocked.

Now, Apple should be testing iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 exclusively, as you shouldn't expect to see anymore iOS 11 updates.

Reports indicate that there are over 33 pages of complaints on the Apple website from users suffering from varying levels of battery drain since updating to iOS 11.4.

It's also worth noting that, even with the mode enabled, you won't need to go back to your settings menu every time you want to connect your favorite accessory to your device.

Essentially, after one hour of non-use, an iOS 11.4.1 handheld will not talk to any device plugged into its charging port - other than to receive power to charge its battery - until a valid passcode is entered via the screen. It's off by default.

The accompanying explanation gives no indication of its real goal: "Unlock iPhone to allow USB accessories to connect when it has been more than hour since your iPhone was locked", it says underneath a sliding bar.

At first we thought we would have to wait until iOS 12 this fall to see this feature, but here it is.

iOS 11.4.1 is available as an over-the-air update via the Settings app. watchOS 4.3.2 can be downloaded and installed through the Watch app on iOS. Finally, the HomePod update "includes general improvements for stability and quality".

Based on Apple's previous update cycles, it is possible that these are the last updates for these operating systems before iOS 12 and its cousins arrive later this year. Sometimes the company shifts its focus to the next major release (in this case, iOS 12) in the summer.

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