Apple is advising all users to update their devices after researchers revealed a flaw across their OS ecosystem. This flaw would allow hackers access to install spyware on Apple devices (Mac, Watch, or iPhone) without users having to take any action, like click a link. This spyware could then facilitate further malicious activity such as eavesdropping or stealing data from the infected device.
To address the flaw, Apple has released an emergency software patch for the iPhone, iPad, Mac devices, and Apple Watch via iOS 14.8, iPadOS 14.8, macOS 11.6, and watch OS 7.6.2.
As you can imagine, this is especially troubling for those working in industries that include access to confidential data. Coretelligent is advising clients to immediately update Apple devices, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple Watch.
How to Update Apple Devices
To update your iPhone or iPad
- Go to Settings.
- Tap General.
- Tap Software Update.
- Plug in your device or make sure it has 50% battery life or more.
- Tap “Install Now.”
To update macOS on Mac
- From the Apple menu in the corner of your screen, choose System Preferences.
- Click Software Update.
- Click Update Now or Upgrade Now
Update your Apple Watch using your iPhone
To check for updates manually, use these steps:
- Keep your Apple Watch on its charger until the update completes.
- On your iPhone, open the Watch app, then tap the My Watch tab.
- Tap General > Software Update.
- Download the update. If asked for your iPhone passcode or Apple Watch passcode, enter it.
- Wait for the progress wheel to appear on your Apple Watch. It could take from several minutes to an hour for the update to complete.
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