Boy, this has been a terrible year for Apple's Software development team. First, they release their new version of High Sierra with a major security flaw. It turns out anyone typing in the word "Root" as password without even entering a password becomes a "Super Administrator" and gets read and write access, of other user accounts on the same computer.
Apple apparently also has big problems with their recently released HomePod. I'd think not having multi room usage capability, or stereo pairing to be a big enough problem to delay release but they went ahead anyway. If this wasn't bad enough, there are now reports all over the internet that this device is also damaging wood furniture.
If the above issues weren't hurting Apple, covertly sneaking a processor throttling feature in an iOS software Update sure is. They are facing over 18 Class Action Lawsuit in the US alone. Their first solution after admitting to this was to offer their $79 batteries for $29 to those affected. The problem was that Apple stores were inundated and my local Apple store wouldn't even schedule and appointment for me. They wanted me to drive 40 miles away to another store that had available appointment times. Apple finally realized they had better reverse this problem and will soon be releasing a new iOS 11.3 software version with "Battery Management" settings allowing users to turn off the throttling very soon.
Just when they likely thought they had a handle on things, here comes possibly their biggest problem. Apparently, if anyone sends you a message containing a certain character in the Indian Language, your device will crash. It appears that Apple must be aware of this because the bug is not present in their iOS11.3 Beta version.
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Joel Saltzman has over twenty years of wireless industry experience. He is currently CEO and Chief Wireless Analyst for Dr Wireless.