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20th Aug 2022

Apple users told to urgently update their iPhones, iPads, Macs and watches

Jack Peat

Apple is said to be quite worried about the security breach 

Owners of iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple watches have been told to urgently update their devices after a new update was released.

Serious security vulnerabilities were disclosed on Friday which could potentially allow attackers to take complete control of Apple devices.

The tech firm announced it was “aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited” after concerns were raised, and released an essential update shortly after.

Two bugs, both of which could be used by hackers, were identified by security experts, exposing serious safety concerns.

A raft of updates has now been released to tackle the bugs, which could allow hackers to run code without permission via the operating system itself and the WebKit software that is used to show web pages.

The update can be downloaded by opening the Settings or System Preferences apps, and choosing the Software Update option. That should check for any new updates.

All the devices should also check for new updates on their own, and may prompt users to install the new software.

Apple is preparing new versions of iOS, iPadOS and macOS, all of which were revealed over the summer.

In May, it was reported that the tech firm will no longer repair iPhones that are reported lost or stolen, meaning you’ll have to go through a third party should it be returned.

The policy change comes as per insider outlet, MacRumors, which came across an internal memo from the tech giant stating how the technicians will now be able to see a message on either the internal MobileGenius or GSX systems flagging that the device has been reported as missing/stolen.

As they go on to explain, Apple technicians must now decline to carry out the repair but will allow for customers to leave with the phone still broken should they come in-store. It is unclear the particulars surrounding if a phone is sent off, though this would be an unlikely course of action for prospective thieves.

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