Apple released an unexpected software update to fix a security flaw in several older devices, including the 10-year-old iPhone 5s.
Apple has rolled out an unexpected software update to a bunch of older iPhones, iPads, and Macs, including the iPhone 5s that was released in 2013. Apple has been known to support its devices for several years after their release, even when other manufacturers disconnect in software support after only a few updates. In fact, the iPhone 5s received an iOS update in September 2022 to fix a security flaw.
The iPhone 5s is once again the beneficiary of Apple’s new security update, which increases the iOS version of the device to 12.5.7. The update, which includes a critical security patch, is available for several older iPhones and iPads, including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch (6th edition). generation). According to Apple’s release notes, the update fixes a vulnerability that could lead to arbitrary code execution when processing malicious web content. The company also said it is aware of the issue. “may have been actively exploited against versions of iOS released before iOS 15.1.”
New updates for older iPhones, iPads and Macs
On some of the relatively newer iPhones, incoming software bumped the iOS version to 15.7.3. A bunch of iPads also received the same update as part of iPadOS 15.7.3. According to Apple, these updates are available for iPhone 6s (all models), iPhone 7 (all models), iPhone SE (1st generation), iPad Air 2, iPad mini (4th generation), and iPod touch (7th generation). The update fixes a number of security vulnerabilities that could allow applications to leak sensitive kernel state and execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. It also fixes a Screen Time flaw that allowed an app to access information about a user’s contacts. The update also includes fixes for a couple of non-security related bugs in the Mail app and Apple Maps.
Along with updates to iOS and iPadOS, this week Apple also released macOS Monterey 12.6.3 and macOS Big Sur 11.7.3 with various security fixes. As has been pointed out by appleinsiderthe oldest Macs to receive these updates are the MacBook Air, Mac Pro, and 2013 MacBook Pro. In addition, Apple has also released watchOS 9.3 for all Apple Watches since Watch Series 4, as well as tvOS 16.3 for all Apple devices. 4K TV and Apple TV HD.
AppleIncoming software for iPhones, iPads, and Macs doesn’t bring any new features, but still makes for compelling updates, as they fix critical security vulnerabilities. People who are still using any of the affected devices should download and install the update as soon as possible to save themselves and their devices from potential security issues in the future. Older iPhones are still a favorite for many users, and the latest update should make it easier to continue using them without worrying about negative security implications.
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Source: Apple 1, 2, Apple Insider