Details of six new vulnerabilities in Apple’s iOS mobile operating system were made available on Tuesday. Discovered by researchers with Google, several of the security flaws were particularly worrisome because they could potentially let hackers compromise iPhones without making owners aware. Many of the bugs were disclosed months ago, and all but one has already been patched.
While the disclosure of these bugs made for eye-popping headlines, they also betray a deeper issue within Apple’s ecosystem. Specifically, iPhone flaws that require no interaction on the behalf of users, like the ones the Google researchers discovered, would garner large sums if sold on the black market. Apple, meanwhile, pays much less. Is that pay gap a problem?