Apple released iOS 11.4.1, tvOS 11.4.1, and watchOS 4.3.2 today with minor bug fixes for its iPhones, iPads, HomePods, Apple TVs, and Apple Watches, but there was one surprise in the software: USB Restricted Mode, a feature created to block iPhone-cracking USB devices used by law enforcement agencies, has finally arrived.More news: Thai cave rescue sees four more boys freed
Now, Apple should be testing iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 exclusively, as you shouldn't expect to see anymore iOS 11 updates. This could be of particular interest to the many, many people out there who have complained that Apple's recent iOS 11.4 update has resulted in excessive battery drain on their iPhones. The way it works is that when an hour has lapsed without the iPhone or iPad being unlocked with a passcode, the Lightning-USB connection will disable any data transfer.
USB Restricted Mode can be found in Settings Face ID (or Touch ID) & Passcode USB Accessories.More news: Vettel prances to victory as Hamilton suffers first lap contact
If you haven't already installed Apple's iOS 11.4 update, you might want to wait for iOS 11.4.1 to be released in the coming weeks.
The toggle is off by default, which means that once your iOS device has been locked for more than an hour, the operating system will no longer allow USB access to connect to the device. That seems to be the case for Apple's latest controversial security feature which was initially expected for iOS 12 in a few months.More news: Trump picks Kavanaugh for court, setting up fight with Dems
Today, the company released iOS 11.4.1, watchOS 4.3.2, and tvOS 11.4.1 to the general public. macOS 10.13.6 High Sierra is still listed as being in beta. These are also small updates. Sometimes the company shifts its focus to the next major release (in this case, iOS 12) in the summer.