emojis, Photos and 75 security vulnerabilities

emojis, Photos and 75 security vulnerabilities

After a hell of a dose of beta, Apple ships the final version of OS X Yosemite 10.10.3. With this update, the operating system for Mac computers is entitled to the usual batch of corrections but more.

As with iOS 8.3, OS X 10.10.3 is an opportunity for the apple company to offer more diversity with emojis, including with different skin colors. In total, more than 300 new characters have been added.

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Discreetly, Apple has also introduced API support for the new Force Touch technology trackpads that are present in the new MacBook and the 13-inch MacBook Pro (Retina). An example of use is the acceleration of the playback of a video in QuickTime according to the pressure exerted.

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But definitely more than a traditional maintenance update, OS X 10.10.3 also marks the arrival of the new Photos application. It is the counterpart of OS X to the photo viewing and editing application of iOS.

This Photos application replaces iPhoto but also Aperture without necessarily taking over the advanced functions of the latter. The fact remains that iPhoto and Aperture will no longer be entitled to updates from Apple.

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To make it easier to get started with the Photos application, Apple presents it on a dedicated part of its site and offers a short guide specifically for iPhoto and Aperture users.

OS X 10.10.3 also brings Spotlight suggestions to research and various improvements. Among these, an improvement in reliability for screen sharing or an improvement in Wi-Fi performance.

Besides various bug fixes, the panorama would not be complete without the security fixes. And as usual with each new update, they are legion with the correction of a total of 75 security vulnerabilities. Note that iOS 8.3 was also entitled to the correction of 58 security vulnerabilities.

Apple does not communicate on the level of dangerousness of the corrected vulnerabilities. Some affect PHP, OpenSSL but also the kernel. Likewise for the WebKit rendering engine with in particular problems identified by the hacker lokihardt who had shone during the Pwn2Own competition.

The apple company itself helped uncover vulnerabilities, but once again, Google security researchers were particularly prolific.

OS X 10.10.3 is available through the Mac App Store.