About a month after the public release of macOS High Sierra, Apple has given developers access to the third Beta for the next major update to its Mac desktop operating system. The beta should include a fix for the recently-discovered KRACK vulnerability that is putting Wi-Fi networks at risk.
Apple released an array of exciting major features with High Sierra’s arrival. The system includes – to cite a few examples – the new file system APFS, encoding enhancements for the space-efficient photo and video formats HEIF and HEVC, and improved privacy for Safari users.
The improvements in the upcoming High Sierra 10.13.1, however, are often more under-the-hood, with a large focus on enhancing performance and security. Apple has indicated that the beta patches the KRACK security hole which is open for exploiting on many modern Wi-Fi-ready devices.
On Monday, Apple broke this news to iMore‘s Rene Ritchie and revealed that the exploit has also been addressed in betas for iOS, watchOS and tvOS. Therefore, it looks unlikely that Apple customers will need to wait longer than a few weeks to secure their devices.
Apple has confirmed to me that #wpa2 #KRACK exploit has already been patched in iOS, tvOS, watchOS, macOS betas.
Deeper dive to follow.
— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) October 16, 2017
Plus, macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 – like iOS 11.1 and watchOS 4.1, both also in beta – comes with a variety of new Unicode 10 emoji. The emoji includes crazy face, pretzel, exploding head, love you gesture, face vomiting, hedgehog, fortune cookie, and more.
MacRumors reports that macOS High Sierra 10.13.1’s third beta is now available for downloading through the Apple Developer Center or the Mac App Store’s Software Update mechanism, provided that the proper profile is installed.
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