Apple has released patch updates for iOS 14.4.2, iPadOS 14.4.2, and watchOS 7.3.3 to address a vulnerability in its latest devices. The updates fix a security vulnerability in WebKit, the browser engine developed by Apple and used in its Safari web browser, which is also required for use in all third-party browsers on iOS. Apple said the WebKit bug may have been exploited. The Cupertino-based company has also released iOS 12.5.2 and iPadOS 12.5.2 to address the WebKit security issue on older iPhone and iPad models running iOS 12. Apple released the feature update for iOS 14.4, iPadOS 14.4 and watchOS 7.3 in January. A new major update for the latest iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch models is planned for later this year.
Apple has stated that it has discovered a bug in WebKit that could allow a malicious website to enable random cross-site scripting. The tech giant said it was “aware of a report that exploited this flaw”. The current updates for are only a security update and do not contain any new features.
The iOS 14.4.2 update applies to iPhone 6s and higher. The iPadOS 14.2.2 is for iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and higher, iPad 5th generation and higher, iPad mini 4 and higher and iPod touch (7th generation). The patch for iOS and iPadOS 12.5.2 applies to iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3 and iPod touch (6th generation). The watchOS 7.3.3 fixes the security issue for Apple Watch Series 3 and higher. In case you haven’t received a notification on your compatible Apple devices, you can go the settings > Software update and tap Install now.
Apple is currently in the process of testing iOS and iPadOS 14.5, which are expected to reach users in April. iOS 14.5 will hit the market with feature enhancements, including the ability to use Apple Watch to unlock iPhone while wearing a face mask. It also introduces the controversial App Tracking Transparency feature, a new dialog box with permissions apps must display before sharing user information with anyone.
The last major update from Apple to its iPhone and iPad models was iOS 14.4, which was released in January of this year. It has a list of new features and improvements, including a feature that notifies iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max users when their camera cannot be verified as a true Apple camera. The update also fixed an issue with the standard keyboard that was causing delays in entering and displaying suggested words on some devices.
The WatchOS 7.3 update for the Apple Watch includes the Unity watch face, which is inspired by the colors of the Pan-African flag. The update also gives Apple Fitness + subscribers time to run and expands the EKG app for Apple Watch Series 4 and later to Japan, Mayotte, the Philippines, and Thailand.
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