Why You Shouldn’t Buy the iPhone X This Week
Nothing is confirmed, but a new iPhone X color is reportedly in the works. And with an Apple event scheduled for next week, we could see a debut in March.
The iPhone X currently comes in two colors, space gray or silver, but Apple could deliver a new blush gold color in the near future.
A blush gold iPhone X, known as D21A, is in development according to Apple leakster Benjamin Geskin. Geskin was one of the first sources to publish iPhone X dummy units which means this new leak, while not confirmed, is credible. This also isn’t the first time we’ve seen a blush gold iPhone X.
The company declined to offer the color at launch in November instead opting to release two color options in the United States and countries around the world. In the months since, gold iPhone X rumors seemed to have died down.
D21A – “Blush Gold” iPhone in production. pic.twitter.com/l2xGYIYsCh
— Ben Geskin (@VenyaGeskin1) March 19, 2018
Credible analysts like KGI Securities’ Ming-Chi Kuo haven’t said anything about a blush gold iPhone X launch. Instead, 2018 iPhone rumors have been focused on a 5.8-inch successor for the iPhone X, a 6.5-inch iPhone X Plus, a 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, and the iPhone SE 2.
Geskin’s leak doesn’t come with a street date so it’s unclear when Apple might launch a new iPhone X color. But with an event coming up next week, those of you interested in a blush gold iPhone X might want to take a raincheck and wait for potential announcements.
Last week Apple confirmed an education-related event on March 27th in Chicago, Illinois. The company will be focused on “creative new ideas for teachers and students,” but the company could also use the event, or simply the date, to announce new products.
Apple’s reportedly working on a refresh to its 9.7-inch iPad and the company’s upcoming iOS 11.3 update comes with its new ClassKit solution. There’s also a chance the company uses its annual spring launch window to launch a brand new iPhone color.
Apple didn’t host a spring media event in 2017, but it did make a flurry of announcements including a red iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus dubbed PRODUCT(RED).
With just a week to go before Apple’s Chicago event and a potential batch of announcements, those interested in a gold iPhone X should wait a week to see what Apple’s got up it sleeve.
If the announcement fails to pan out next week you’ll have to settle for the gray or silver iPhone X or, if it’s indeed gold you’re after, the gold iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. Or, if you’ve got time, you might want to wait for Apple’s iPhone 11 announcements in September.
Install iOS 11.2.6 for Better Security
If you're running iOS 11.2.5 or older, you're exposed to an issue that lets people send a specific character that will crash an iOS-powered device and block access to the Messages app. It can also block apps like Facebook Messenger, Gmail, Outlook, and WhatsApp.
The iOS 11.2.6 update's main purpose is to patch up this issue.
If you're running iOS 11.2.2 or below and receive a certain GitHub link through your Messages app, your iPhone or iPad can lockup or respring. The Messages app will also become unusable.
If you're on iOS 11.2.1, your iOS 11.2.6 update includes security improvements to Safari and WebKit to mitigate the effects of Spectre. If you're running an older version of iOS, your iOS 11.2.6 update will come with a lot more.
Apple's iOS 11.2 update fixed several problems, but it also brought problems of its own including a potentially nasty zero-day iOS HomeKit vulnerability.
The vulnerability, discovered by Tian Zhang, allowed for unauthorized control of HomeKit accessories including garage door openers and smart locks.
Apple quickly rolled out a server-side fix, but the company restored full functionality with the release of iOS 11.2.1. If you skipped iOS 11.2.1 and use HomeKit, you should download iOS 11.2.6.
If you skipped iOS 11.2, you'll get a few more patches with your iOS 11.2.6 update. Apple's iOS 11.2 update delivered 11 patches including one for Mail and one for Wi-Fi.
The iOS 11.2 and iOS 11.2.1 updates also patched up a widespread security issue called "Meltdown." Apple says its analysis suggests it "has the most potential to be exploited."
Meltdown affects all iOS 11 powered devices so we highly recommend downloading iOS 11.2.6 if you skipped iOS 11.2.
If you skipped iOS 11.1.2, iOS 11.1.1, and iOS 11.1, you'll get additional patches with your iOS 11.2.6 update.
The iOS 11.1 update delivered eight security patches including a fix for a serious Wi-Fi vulnerability called KRACK or Key Reinstallation Attack. KRACK is an exploit that targets the common WPA2 encryption protocol.
If you're just now making to move from iOS 10 (or whatever you're on) to iOS 11, your iOS 11.2.6 update will come with additional security features.
In iOS 11 you can't establish trust with a PC using fingerprints alone. You'll also need to put in a full passcode in order to gain that trust.
If you skipped older versions of iOS, your iOS 11.2.6 update will come with an even longer list of security patches.
Apple's iOS 10.3.3 update delivered 24 security patches addressing potential issues with Contacts, Messages, Notifications, and Safari. It also included a patch for a potentially dangerous Wi-Fi exploit called "Broadpwn."
If you skipped iOS 10.3.2 you'll get 23 additional patches with iOS 11.2.6. And if for some reason you missed iOS 10.3, you'll get 60 security patches with your version of iOS 11.2.6.
If you want to protect the data you store on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should make your move to iOS 11 and iOS 11.2.6 soon.
This is particularly important for those of you running older versions of iOS.