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3 new iOS 9 features were just revealed in a huge new leak

Published May 22nd, 2015 11:58AM EDT
Apple iOS 9 Features Leak
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9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman has been all over iOS 9 leaks this week and he’s back with a new report today that outlines more features the new software will deliver. In the preface to his article, Gurman makes clear that this is not going to be the most exciting iOS release. In fact, he says that Apple is putting most of its work into adding stability improvements for the platform, which went through several less-than-stellar releases with iOS 7 and iOS 8. That said, he did highlight three features we can expect to see at WWDC this year.

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The first feature is something called Rootless that Apple apparently thinks will be a “huge blow” to jailbreakers. This will be a kernel-level feature that will “prevent even administrative-level users from being able to access certain protected files on Apple devices,” which will help keep data on the device safe from malware and other intrusions.

The second major security feature has to do with iCloud, the cloud storage service whose security came under fire last year after hackers were able to swipe nude photos from celebrities’ iCloud accounts. With iCloud Drive, Apple will use a new syncing process that reportedly “offers better end-to-end encryption and faster syncing than traditional IMAP servers.”

And finally, Apple is working on a feature called Trusted Wi-Fi that would implement higher levels of encryption on wireless networks that aren’t listed as trusted.

Gurman’s whole report contains a lot more details about the upcoming iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 releases. Check it out by clicking here.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.

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