It seems like there is constantly a new update for the Apple platform. Just last month (August 2022), Apple announced the 15.6.1 update which included some critical and necessary changes due to a recently discovered vulnerability in the operating systems, only to then be followed by an announcement this month that another update is coming on September 12th. Performing regular updates can seem like a hassle, but without them, a hacker could take control of your devices, allowing them to impersonate you and control all your sensitive data.

So whether you’re reading this on a Mac, iPhone, iPad, or even an Apple Watch, it’s probably time to update your devices. And if you haven’t installed the 15.6.1 update, do it now! That update truly is a critical one.

Big Takeaways For the Apple 15.6.1 Update

Here’s what you need to know about the new update. From Apple:

Kernel

Available for: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation)

Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.

WebKit

Available for: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation)

Impact: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.

Read the full press release from Apple HERE.

Consistent and timely security updates mean that Apple is doing a good job of identifying problems before they get worse. If you need to install this update on your apple device–or if you need to conduct any apple update–you can find the instructions HERE on their website.

How Do You Stay Secure? Always Update Your Devices & Test Your Vulnerability

In general, software updates are necessary not only to keep computers, mobile devices, and tablets running smoothly, but these updates can prevent security issues and improve compatibility and program features. Concerned your device is vulnerable? Check out our assessment and other tools to see if you’re secure!

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