As someone who is reluctant to make iPhone updates absolutely necessary, let’s be clear: the iOS 14.4.2 software release on Friday is something you need to take the time to install today. Like now.
As MacRumors notes, this is an important security solution. Apple has also released iOS and iPadOS 12.5.2 security updates for older devices and watchOS 7.3.3 for smartwatches. Here’s Apple’s rationale for the update: “Managing malicious Web content can lead to universal cross-site scripting. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited. “The last two words are the important part here.
The non-technical explanation, via Gizmodo: “If you plan to visit some sketchy sites, you may run into some issues unless you install the update.”
It’s always a good idea to check the reasons why Apple is making an update, but security issues should remain a priority. That said, many users are eagerly awaiting iOS 14.5, which lets you unlock your iPhone using the Apple Watch while wearing a face mask and add transparency to app tracking, which enables new permission messages that apps must display before sharing user identifying information.
To perform an update on your phone, go to Settings> General> Software update. If you need help with the update, you can go here.
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