Apple has released its new pre-release version of the upcoming macOS High Sierra 10.13.1, and it is now available to both developers and public beta testers. The fifth beta contains features that were already uncovered in the previous versions. While it's not clear what changes were made in this new beta, MacRumors reports that users can expect bug fixes, performance improvements, security enhancements and other under-the-hood changes. One of the important bug fixes that will arrive with macOS High Sierra 10.13.1 is going to address the serious vulnerability in the WPA2 WiFi standard that lets attackers sniff out sensitive information from users. The fifth beta was released three days after the previous version's rollout.
One bug that Apple has patched could give an attacker control of an iPhone or iPad simply by having the user view a malicious JPEG. Apple has released the first security updates for iPhone and Mac hardware since launching its private bug-bounty scheme. As much as 200,000 is up for grabs to any of the elite hackers Apple has invited to take part in the scheme. The company invited participants for a briefing on the program in late September, Forbes recently reported. Apple, a late-comer to the practice of paying researchers, announced the program in August with the top rewards restricted to attacks on security firmware that ensures the integrity of software running on its devices.
Apple will begin its auto download of macOS Sierra randomly over the next week for its users. The update will download when it makes sense: only for Macs that support Sierra and have enough storage space. Users can turn off the automatic updates in App Store preferences, and they can be manually deleted.
Apple is launching a new software update for its Mac operating system soon. Ahead of it, the Cupertino giant is seeding another beta version to developers for testing purposes. The new beta build comes a month after macOS Sierra 10.12.2 was released to the public. On Monday, Apple seeded the third beta version of macOS Sierra 10.12.3, with build code 16D25a, to developers without saying if the new build contains bug fixes, new features and certain changes. Per the release notes of the build, however, it improves a Mac device's "stability, compatibility and security," as pointed out by MacRumors.