APPLE has rolled-out a new version of iOS 10 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners which fixes a number of crucial security flaws that could let hackers take control of your device, thanks to flaws in the kernel, Wi-Fi, and Safari app.
Apple has pushed-out an update to iOS. And you should really download and install it.
The iPhone company rolled-out iOS 10.2.1 to iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch owners worldwide earlier today.
The updated version of iOS includes a number of critical patches and security updates.
Apple has included fixes to 13 flaws that allowed hackers to unlock features, contacts, the kernel, and Wi-Fi without the device owners’ permission.
The new update is available for the Apple iPhone 5 and later, 4th generation iPad or newer and the iPod touch 6th generation and later.
The patches included in the latest version of iOS 10 are especially significant, since the flaws could result in exploited devices being controlled by hackers.
“An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges,” Apple explains in its security updates webpage.
Fortunately, these flaws were uncovered by researchers which suggests they were not yet being used “in the wild” by cybercriminals.
One of the issues with the kernel would allow an application to execute and run code within an iPhone.
The flaws found in WebKit, the web browser engine that powers the Safari app, could also theoretically allow external code to run on any iPhone.
Speaking about the flaw, senior security researcher at Malwarebytes, JP Taggart toldWired Magazine: “It can add files, delete files, or execute any actions.
“Want to record conversations and forward them to someone else? It can do that.
“Want to install additional malicious software? It can do that.
“Want to uninstall programs on the affected phone? It can do that.
“Want to hide these actions, programs and files from the user? It can do that too.”
As well as updating iOS with a number of security flaws, Apple also pushed-out new versions of iTunes, Safari, iCloud for Windows, watchOS and tvOS.
It also rolled-out a new version of its desktop operating system, macOS Sierra.
The new version of macOS includes a number of stability and security improvements.
However, it’s also thought this latest update will resolve the battery life issues that have hit some owners of the 2016 MacBook Pro and MacBook Pro with Touch Bar.
Before you update your device, it’s worth double-checking to make sure you have a recent backup.
On your iPhone, head to Settings > iCloud > Backup then choose Back Up Now.
When you’re reading to update your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, navigate to Settings > General > Software Update.
Updates can be downloaded and installed while connected to a wifi network, or when your iPhone is connected to a computer running iTunes via USB.
iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. They run Apple’s iOS mobile operating system. The first generation iPhone was released on June 29, 2007; the most recent iPhone model is the iPhone 7, which was unveiled at a special event on September 7, 2016.
The user interface is built around the device’s multi-touch screen, including a virtual keyboard. The iPhone has Wi-Fi and can connect to cellular networks. An iPhone can shoot video (though this was not a standard feature until the iPhone 3GS), take photos, play music, send and receive email, browse the web, send and receive text messages, follow GPS navigation, record notes, perform mathematical calculations, and receive visual voicemail. Other functions—video games, reference works, social networking, etc.—can be enabled by downloading mobile apps. As of June 2016, Apple’s App Store contained more than 2 million applications available for the iPhone.
Apple has released ten generations of iPhone models, each accompanied by one of the ten major releases of the iOS operating system. The original 1st-generation iPhone was a GSM phone and established design precedents, such as a button placement that has persisted throughout all releases and a screen size maintained for the next four iterations. TheiPhone 3G added 3G network support, and was followed by the 3GS with improved hardware, the 4 with a metal chassis, higher display resolution and front-facing camera, and the 4S with improved hardware and the voice assistant Siri. The iPhone 5 featured a taller, 4-inch display and Apple’s newly introduced Lightning connector. In 2013, Apple released the 5Swith improved hardware and a fingerprint reader, and the lower-cost 5C, a version of the 5 with colored plastic casings instead of metal. They were followed by the larger iPhone 6, with models featuring 4.7 and 5.5-inch displays. The iPhone 6Swas introduced the following year, which featured hardware upgrades and support for pressure-sensitive touch inputs, as well as the SE—which featured hardware from the 6S but the smaller form factor of the 5S. In 2016, Apple unveiled the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, which add water resistance, improved system and graphics performance, a new rear dual-camera setup on the Plus model, and new color options, while removing the 3.5 mm headphone jack found on previous phones.
The iPhone’s commercial success has been credited with reshaping the smartphone industry and helping to make Apple one of the world’s most valuable publicly traded companies by 2011. The original iPhone was one of the first phones to use a design featuring a slate format with a touchscreen interface. Almost all modern smartphones have replicated this style of design.