CYBER-EXPERTS urge Apple fans to update their gadgets immediately.
Millions of iPhone owners have been told to update to the latest version of iOS.
iPhone updates often include new features.
But they also bundle important security patches that you shouldn’t ignore.
“Apple just released a wide range of security fixes for all supported platforms, from the smallest watch to the largest laptop,” said cybersecurity firm Sophos.
“In other words, if you have an Apple product and it’s still officially supported, we strongly encourage you to do an update check now.”
Cyber experts warn that even if you have automatic updates enabled, you should still check manually.
That means going to Settings > General > Software update.
“It makes sure you catch up if something went wrong with your last automatic update,” says Sophos cyber expert Paul Ducklin.
“It puts you at the front of the queue, so even if you haven’t been alerted to the update by Apple yet, you can still get it right away.”
You must update to at least iOS 16.1.2, although downloading the newer iOS 16.2 is preferable.
Apple has warned that a flaw could allow hackers to take control of your device – and may already have been exploited.
“Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution,” Apple said.
“Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited against versions of iOS released prior to iOS 15.1.”
Hackers prey on you hoping that you will visit a malicious website and then use the bug to infiltrate your device.
However, cyber experts say that updating your iPhone is the best course of action as it prevents the hack completely.
Unfortunately, not all iPhone models can get the latest iOS 16 update.
Here is a list of all supported devices:
- iPhone 14
- iPhone 14Plus
- iPhone 14 pro
- iPhone 14 pro max
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13 pro
- iPhone 13 Pro max
- iphone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 pro
- iPhone 12 pro max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 pro
- iPhone 11 Pro max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8plus
- iPhone SE (2nd generation or newer)
If your iPhone is too old to update, you should consider upgrading as soon as possible.
Otherwise there is a risk of hacker attacks that your device cannot fend off.
It is dangerous to use an unpatched device, so using up-to-date mobile phones is very important.
Luckily, iOS 16.2 does a lot more than just increase your security.
Here are three new features to watch out for.
iOS 16.2 update features
The big news is that Apple has released a brand new app called Freeform.
This is basically a giant whiteboard that you can share with friends and work on together.
“Freeform opens up endless possibilities for iPhone, iPad, and Mac users to collaborate visually,” said Apple’s Bob Borchers, speaking about the latest iOS update.
“With an infinite canvas, support for uploading a wide range of files, iCloud integration, and collaboration features, Freeform creates a shared brainstorming space that users can take anywhere.”
Apple Music users can also now access a new Karaoke mode.
It’s called Apple Music Sing and introduces two new features to the Spotify rival.
Songs now have a Sing slider that allows you to turn down or even almost mute the vocals in a song.
You can control this simply by tapping the mic on a Sing-approved song.
The other element of the feature is real-time texts.
Instead of displaying lyrics line by line, Sing Tracks highlights lyrics by syllable.
This should help you sing along even if you are unfamiliar with the song.
If a song has backing vocals, they are shown in a smaller font between the main lines.
And on a duet track, the song splits the lyrics on the left and right sides of the screen depending on who’s singing.
The new iOS 16.2 also adds support for emergency SOS via satellite in the UK.
The feature works on all iPhone 14 models and allows you to call emergency services without a phone signal or WiFi.
Use is completely free for two years from the first activation of your iPhone 14.
“Emergency SOS via satellite can help you connect to emergency services in exceptional circumstances when no other way to reach emergency services is available,” Apple said.
“If you call or text emergency services and can’t connect because you’re outside of cellular and Wi-Fi coverage, your iPhone will try to connect you via satellite with the help you need. “
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