• Tue. Feb 27th, 2024
Apple releases iOS 16.6, macOS 13.5 and watchOS 9.6 with fixes for actively exploited security flaws

iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6 started rolling out on Monday as the latest software updates for iPhone and iPad. Apple says the update includes fixes for vulnerabilities affecting the company’s Neural Engine, Find My Service, and kernel-level patches that allow malicious users to remotely compromise the security of an affected device. Weeks ahead of the expected release of Apple’s major software version updates, including iOS 17 and macOS Sonoma, the Cupertino company also released MacOS 13.5, watchOS 9.6 and tvOS 16.6 with important fixes for security flaws.

The update to iOS 16.6, iPadOS 16.6, macOS 13.5, tvOS 16.6 and watchOS 9.6 is now available for download on compatible devices, and Apple has suggested downloading the latest software updates that include important security fixes. Open the Settings app on your appropriate devices and tap or click General > Software update > Download and installThen connect your device to a charger and wait for the update to download and install.

According to details shared by the company, the latest iOS 16.6, iPadOS 16.6, macOS 13.5 and watchOS 9.6 updates include fixes for security vulnerabilities related to Apple’s Neural Engine — the technology Apple uses for natural language processing and machine learning capabilities on the device.

The updates also include fixes for a flaw in the Find My app that could allow an app to read sensitive location information, according to the release notes for the latest iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS software releases. Meanwhile, macOS 13.5 also includes important security patches that mitigate vulnerabilities that could allow a sandboxed process to bypass security controls or allow an app to access sensitive user data via the Voice Memos app.

All updates released by Apple include fixes for multiple vulnerabilities affecting WebKit, the company’s open-source browser engine that powers its Safari browser. According to Apple’s release notes, these fixes are designed to mitigate flaws that could allow the browser to execute malicious code or reveal sensitive information when processing web content.

Apple also says there have been reports of some of these security issues being actively exploited by malicious users, meaning users with compatible iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, and Apple TV models should download and install the update as soon as possible.

In the coming weeks, Apple is expected to release updates to iOS 17, iPadOS 17, macOS Sonoma, tvOS 17, and watchOS 10 — there’s no release timeline for these updates, but the company typically releases new software versions in September. These updates are likely to come ahead of the launch of Apple’s next-generation iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro series smartphones, which are expected to arrive later this year.

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