A new AirDrop vulnerability has been discovered by researchers at a German University. The flaw, if exploited, could reveal your phone number and email address via AirDrop to nearby people without the user’s consent.
Apple’s official data on the use of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi point out that their range is about 30 feet. But pilots apparently buck that trend quite a bit, and in a big way.
The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus have the ability to shoot at a 4K resolution, which means that these videos will have 4x times more pixels than a normal Full HD video. However, even if we all agree that shooting 4K videos is great, those files start to get really, really big. So big that sharing 4K videos isn’t as simple as we would like.
AirDrop is a feature in iOS and OS X that lets you share files between devices locally. AirDrop was incompatible across Mac and iOS earlier, but with OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, it works across iOS and Mac, so you’ll be able to transfer files from your iPhone to your Mac, and vice versa.
Now that iOS 8 has been launched, the next big software release for Apple is OS X Yosemite. The new desktop operating system doesn’t quite yet have a public launch date circled on a calendar, but it’s expected to launch in October. Ahead of that, Apple is sending out invites to some AppleSeed users to join in an AirDrop “test fest.”
Apple first introduced AirDrop in OS X Lion as a peer-to-peer way of sending files to other Macs near you over Wi-Fi. It later brought AirDrop to iPhone and iPad with iOS 7, but strangely didn’t make it compatible with the Mac. With iOS 8, AirDrop finally works across Mac and iOS, thanks to Apple’s focus on iOS and Mac integration.
There’s a game out there called “Send Me To Heaven” that’s so incredibly malicious that we can’t believe it was actually developed. The idea is really simple: Start the app, hit a button, throw your mobile phone as high up into the air as you possibly can, and see if you can get a high score.
AirDrop is one of the major new features of iOS 7. If you’re a Mac user, then you’re probably familiar with it. Apple had introduced AirDrop for Mac with the release of OS X Lion in 2011, which allowed users to share files without the need of a Wi-Fi network or any configuration and without the need of storage devices.