Over the last several weeks, Apple has systematically been releasing betas to developers for OS X Yosemite 10.10.2, and one of the most common threads in the releases have been focusing on VoiceOver, Wi-Fi and more.And, sure enough, a new report published by 9to5Mac, citing individuals who have shared the release notes for the upcoming desktop software update, indicates that the newest update for Yosemite will indeed focus on fixing lingering Wi-Fi issues, along with some problems with the VoiceOver functionality. Perhaps most importantly when it comes to fixes, the release notes specifically note that a security issue tied to Spotlight Search, which could allow easy access to sensitive information from nefarious individuals, has been fixed in OS X Yosemite 10.10.2.
As far as new features go, Apple is also apparently extending the reach of iCloud Drive as well. According to the report, iCloud Drive will be viewable within Time Machine. For Yosemite users, then, it will be easy to go into Time Machine and find old files, perhaps ones recently deleted, through their iCloud Drive — as long as the file was located in iCloud Drive to begin with.
Going further with the security updates, OS X Yosemite 10.10.2 will also feature a fix for the “Thunderstrike” vulnerability that was surfaced earlier in 2015 by security researcher Trammel Hudson. With this hole, an individual could replace a Mac’s bootrom with malicious code. What’s more, the code is stored outside of the user’s accessibility, so even if the bootrom is replaced, the stored code is still present.
Apple has apparently fixed this issue in the upcoming release, though, as made evident by iMore:
“To secure against Thunderstrike, Apple had to change the code to not only prevent the Mac’s boot ROM from being replaced, but also to prevent it from being rolled back to a state where the attack would be possible again. According to people with access to the latest beta of OS X 10.10.2 who are familiar with Thunderstrike and how it works, that’s exactly the deep, layered process that’s been completed.“
The new iCloud Drive feature will probably a welcomed addition to those who use Time Machine, but the fixes to Wi-Fi disconnects, along with the security patch for the Spotlight search are just as welcomed. As far as a release date for the newest software, that’s still unknown at this point. However, considering the rate of speed that Apple has released the latest betas of the software, it could be very soon.