If you're one of the hundred million iPhone users in the world, you're likely aware that Apple is always evolving and updating its products. Some updates, however, require more immediate attention than others. Apple just issued an urgent warning for all iPhone users—which means you may want to have your phone on hand while reading this. Read on to find out what this warning means for you, and for more warnings from Apple, If You're Charging Your iPhone Like This, Apple Says Stop Immediately.
Apple says all users should update their iPhone software immediately.
If you have an iPhone, you need to update it now. Apple sent out a statement on May 3 informing users of a new software update, iOS 14.5.1, which is available for iPhone 6s and later. "A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved state management" through this update, according to Apple.
"This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users," the company said in a statement, as reported by 9to5Mac. To get the update, go to the Settings app on your iPhone, then to General, and click on Software Update. You can download and install the update there. And for more urgent messages from Apple, Apple Released This Warning About the Latest iPhones.
Apple just released a previous software update one week ago.
You may be confused with this new update, as you probably just updated your iPhone. This new update comes just one week after Apple unveiled iOS 14.5. According to Forbes, the iOS 14.5.1 update fixes several large security issues present in iOS 14.5 that could leave iPhone users vulnerable. These security issues originate in the Webkit browser engine that powers the Safari web browser, as well as the Mail and App Store apps, TechRadar reports.
"This is being actively exploited, hence the need to update sooner rather than later," Sean Wright, SME application security lead at Immersive Labs, told Forbes. And for more tech news, If You See This Message on Your Roku, Report It Immediately, Experts Say.
Apple even included a software update for older iPhones.
Apple also made an update for older iPhone models that cannot support iOS 14.5 called iOS 12.5.3. According to Apple, this update can be accessed by users with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus, and also addresses the "memory corruption issue." Wright told Forbes that while this new update may just seem like one of many Apple has made recently, the fact that the company issued an upgrade for older iPhones "illustrates how severe this vulnerability is." And for more up-to-date information, sign up for our daily newsletter.
This update also helps fix bugs with new features from iOS 14.5.
Apple's iOS 14.5 unveiled new features for iPhone users such as App Tracking Transparency, Apple Watch Unlock, Siri improvements, and more. According to 9to5Mac, the iOS 14.5.1 update fixes a bug some users were experiencing with the new App Tracking Transparency feature.
"This update fixes an issue with App Tracking Transparency where some users who previously disabled Allow Apps to Request to Track in Settings may not receive prompts from apps after re-enabling it," Apple explained. And for more warnings to heed, If You Bought This at Walmart, the FDA Says Stop Using It Immediately.