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Own an iPhone or iPad? Here’s why you should update your device now

  • July 28, 2021

Keep putting off that latest software update for your iPhone or iPad? You might want to do it soon.

Apple recently rolled out iOS 14.7.1, the latest version of the tech giant’s mobile operating system powering iPhones. There’s a similar update for iPadOS as well, called iPadOS 14.7.1.

Apple says the iPhone update fixes an issue where models with Touch ID can’t unlock a paired Apple Watch when you use the “Unlock with iPhone” feature.

It also includes a security update to fix an issue they say has been “actively exploited.”  Apple says the issue – flagged by an anonymous researcher –is tied to memory corruption, and could lead to a situation where an application “may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.”

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As tech site LifeHacker explains, the issue “allows malicious apps installed on the device to gain elevated privileges and execute arbitrary code attacks.”

Apple says the update is available for the following devices:

  • iPhone 6s and later
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad Air 2 and later
  • iPad 5th generation and later
  • iPad mini 4 and later
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

Users can start an update on their iPhone or iPad by going to Settings, then General, then Software Update. 

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