Users of certain older-generation Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPods should install new security updates, the California-based tech giant said.
In a recent notice, Apple Inc. noted that a security vulnerability was recently discovered through Google’s Threat Analysis Group.
Due to this flaw, users with older generation Apple devices using iOS may experience problems with “maliciously crafted web content.” [that] may lead to arbitrary code execution,” Apple said.
Devices affected by this vulnerability are iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and 6th generation iPod touch. The iOS 12.5.7 update is now available via Apple’s website or devices.
“Apple is aware of reports that this issue may have been actively exploited against versions of iOS released prior to iOS 15.1.”
How to update
The update addresses the following services, systems, and apps: Apple Insider.
If the update is not applied to your device, you can manually implement it by going to: Configuration > Universal > software updateThe user can then tap Download and installMost users will be asked to enter their iPhone passcode.
Users with automatic updates enabled typically do not need to do anything to apply the update. That’s because it was likely installed overnight when it was released last week.
Last year, Apple announced four new operating system (OS) updates at its Worldwide Developers Conference event. Therefore, it was announced that iOS 16 will not be available for iPhone 7 and earlier models.
At the time, the company faced backlash from users who claimed Apple was forcing them to buy new devices to upgrade to iOS 16.
“As the following graph shows, Apple has done a good job of keeping older devices in the loop for a long time over the years. The original iPhone and iPhone 3G received two major iOS updates. “The iPhone 6s, which shipped with iOS 9, was the first generation to see the seventh iOS version, and it was the first generation to see a human being. It’s become a technical thing like a tortoise that will last for generations.”