Yesterday Apple unveiled the latest versions of OS X (code-named Mavericks) and iOS 7, at the annual World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC). The general focus was on end-user features and items of interest to developers, but several items appeared to have an impact on security in one way or another.

The beta versions of both operating systems were also released to developers yesterday, but I haven’t seen them yet (and once I do, I’d probably be bound by NDA to not talk much about them). So before I go that route (hopefully later this week!), I thought it would be useful to quickly review some of the items I found potentially significant. I’ll briefly describe the features, then summarize some of the security questions I have at the end. Also, whenever I talk about “Early Reports,” I’m referring to information not specifically announced by Apple, but which have leaked through screenshots and other reports.

OS X “Mavericks”

Though my focus at Intrepidus has generally been on iOS, I do use OS X on a daily basis, and a few items here seemed worthy of mention (plus, they also pertain to iOS).

iOS 7

This was the big change. So big, they repeatedly referred to it as “the biggest change to iOS since the introduction of the iPhone.” Clearly, there have been big changes in the interface design, but also several new features were introduced as well.

These keynotes always focus on only a few features, and there are always several dozen other features that don’t get described in detail. In this case, two screens full of features were shown during the keynote, including several that appear to have relevance to security or corporate users:

Finally, some interesting bits have already been seen in screenshots on the web:

Outstanding Questions

All in all, there appears to be a great deal of change coming in both OS X, and especially, iOS. This summer will keep us busy exploring all the new features and their security implications, and hopefully the final release will prove to be an improvement in many areas.