You should really update. Like, now.
Apple’s latest iOS brings more than just a dubious Voice Plan to the table.
The company behind the iPhone released its latest operating system, iOS 15.2, Monday, and hot damn is it a doozy. The update includes 38 (thirty-eight!) separate privacy and security fixes in addition to its more flashy and hyped components — and you should really go ahead and download it.
Notably, these patches are for the iPhone 6s or later, meaning unless you have a pre-2015 Apple smartphone this message is very much for you.
And just what, exactly, does this latest version of iOS fix? Here’s a partial, and by no means exhaustive, list:
- “Playing a malicious audio file may lead to arbitrary code execution”
- “A user in a FaceTime call may unexpectedly leak sensitive user information through Live Photos metadata”
- “Processing a maliciously crafted image may lead to arbitrary code execution”
- “A malicious application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges”
- “Processing a maliciously crafted file may disclose user information”
- “A person with physical access to an iOS device may be able to access contacts from the lock screen”
- “A person with physical access to an iOS device may be able to access stored passwords without authentication”
- “A malicious application may be able to bypass certain Privacy preferences”
- “An application may be able to access a user’s files”
Now, to be clear, it’s a good thing that Apple has disclosed these vulnerabilities and issued patches for them. Operating systems, whether they be from Apple or Google, or anyone else, have problems. Whether or not, and how quickly, those problems are resolved is the real question.
Thankfully, when it comes to the latter, you can do your part and update today. To do so:
- Plug your iPhone in, and go to Settings
- Tap General
- Go into Software Update
- Select Download and Install
- Enter your passcode and hit Done
- Agree to Apple’s Terms and Conditions
- Sit back and relax as your iPhone downloads iOS 15.2
It may not be as flashy as upgrading to an iPhone 13, but the security updates in iOS 15.2 are a lot more important — and won’t cost you a penny.