If you’re using an Apple Watch, iPhone, or iPad, now’s the time to make sure you’ve downloaded and used the latest OS update, since the technology giant has just patched a critical security issue.
In their statement on iOS and iPadOS (as well as WatchOS), Apple has confirmed that they are “aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited”. This means that the vulnerability has already been discovered and exploited by hackers, hence the urgency of the security update.
As mentioned in Apple’s patch notes, the exploit was found by Google̵
For iPhone and iPad users, this will bring the OS up to version 14.4.2 (ahead of the upcoming iOS 14.5 release), and the Apple Watch OS version to 7.3.3.
For most users, this update lands automatically, but if you check your device’s OS version and find that it does not match the above, you should manually update your device to the latest version via Settings> General> Software Update.
Apple has provided a list of compatible devices, which we will list below:
- iPhone 6s and later
- iPad Pro (all models)
- iPad Air 2 and newer
- iPad 5th generation and newer
- iPad mini 4 and newer
- iPod touch (7th generation)
- Apple Watch Series 3 and later
While only a small percentage of security vulnerabilities are exploited, it is good practice to use security updates from technology companies as soon as they are available so that hackers never get the chance.