Apple is urging iPhone users to download the latest version of its operating system, iOS 15.6, as it includes fixes for 39 vulnerabilities that act as open windows for hackers to climb into your smartphone.
The fixes address memory security flaws, some of which expose users to remote code execution attacks. While other vulnerabilities allow malicious actors to track devices, terminate WiFi access, and access sensitive iCloud Photo Library data.
You can download iOS or iPadOS 15.6 by going to Settings > General > Software Update.
In addition to fixing vulnerabilities, the new iOS 15.6 fixes flaws in the system, like the one that incorrectly shows users that their storage is full or how a tab in Safari jumps back to a previous page on its own.
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The new iOS 15.6 update fixes dozens of vulnerabilities, plus annoying flaws like the one that incorrectly shows users their storage was full or how a tab in Safari jumps back to a previous page on its own
There’s also an issue that slows or stops responding to braille devices when browsing text in emails is also sorted, according to Apple.
Apple notes that all iPhones that ran smoothly on iOS 14 are capable of running iOS 15, which includes iPhone 6s and all smartphones produced after it. Forbes reports.
It’s unclear how long the dozens of vulnerabilities have plagued the devices, as Apple says it “does not disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until an investigation has taken place and fixes or versions are not available”.
However, the tech giant shared a listing of all impacted features, how they are vulnerable, and how the issue was resolved.
The fixes address vulnerabilities that allow malicious actors to track devices, terminate WiFi access, and access sensitive iCloud Photo Library data.
The company has not announced that any of the issues have been actively exploited as it did in May 2021 when its WebKit was found to be compromised.
This feature is a rendering engine that helps users get the most out of the internet on devices.
The launch of iOS 15.6 comes just a few months before Apple releases iOS 16, which usually happens in the fall.
The upcoming operating system was announced on June 6 at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC).
iOS 16 has been touted as having “the biggest update ever” to the lock screen, which will make it easier to change lock screen background photos as well as the color and design of lock screens. display fonts.
The launch of iOS 15.6 comes just a few months before Apple releases iOS 16, which usually happens in the fall. Tech giant adds ‘auto-verification’ with its upcoming iOS 16 that allows users to skip annoying CAPTCHAs
CAPTCHAs – i.e. a “fully automated public Turing test to tell computers from humans” – are the tests that ask you to select objects from a group of images
Users can customize the lock screen by long pressing to display a selection of widgets, each displaying a different photo and swiping to the one they want.
With the new lock screen, notifications have been moved to the bottom of the screen, meaning they no longer cover the entire display.
They also roll from the bottom of the lock screen, and iPhone users can choose to hide them and watch them later.
Information displayed on the lock screen, such as time and date, also appears behind the subject in a photo rather than in front – meaning the display information will not obscure the screen photo beloved lock of your family member.
Another feature set for iOS 16 is the ability to bypass annoying CAPTCHAs that allow users to prove they are actually humans and not robots.
CAPTCHAs – i.e. “fully automated public Turing tests to tell computers from humans apart” – are the tests that ask you to select objects from a group of images.
The tech giant is adding “automatic verification” with its upcoming iOS 16, due to launch this fall, which automatically and privately verifies the device used and its Apple ID account in the background.