You really need to update your iPhone. Here’s how. | Technology News

By MAE ANDERSON – AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) – It was easy to miss Apple’s latest security update. But security experts warn everyone should immediately update any Apple device they have.

Apple said on Wednesday that serious security vulnerabilities exist for iPhones, iPads, and Macs that could potentially allow attackers to take complete control of these devices. The problem may have already been “actively exploited,” according to the company. Apple’s security issues update several times a year.

Without the latest update, a hacker could wrest total control of Apple devices, allowing the intruder to impersonate the real owner and run any software in his name.

The good news? There is a simple solution: just update your Apple phone, computer or tablet.

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WHY IS UPDATING YOUR APPLE DEVICE SO URGENT?

Updates can take a long time and be slow. But they are needed to protect your device from hackers who could run malicious code on your device.

WHY DOES MY APPLE DEVICE NOT DO THIS FOR ME?

Apple devices are set for automatic updates by default, but it can be faster to check for the latest updates and do it manually.

WHICH APPLE DEVICES ARE AFFECTED?

Affected devices include iPhone6S and later models; different iPad models, including 5th generation and later, all iPad Pro and iPad Air 2 models; and Mac computers with MacOS Monterey. The defect also affects some iPod models.

HOW DO I UPDATE MY DEVICE?

To update your Apple device to the latest operating system that includes security patches on your phone, go to “Settings”, click “General” and click “Software Update”. On your Mac, go to “System Preferences”, then “Software Update”.

HOW HIGH IS THE RISK OF MY PHONE BEING COMPROMISED BEFORE INSTALLING THE UPDATE?

Unless you are a journalist, political dissident or human rights activist, the chances are extremely low. The types of spyware created to exploit Apple-patched vulnerabilities are expensive and used in targeted hacking.

Boston-based AP Business writer Frank Bajak contributed to this report.

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