Update your iPhone, iPad RIGHT now! Apple releases critical iOS 16.4.1, iPadOS 16.4.1 updates

Recently discovered zero-day flaws in iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4 put your iPhone and iPad at high risk. Here’s what you need to know.

| Updated on: Apr 11 2023, 13:07 IST
Sports live to screen recording, here is what iOS 16.5 first public beta focuses on
iOS 16
1/5 iOS 16.4 update has been released for the iPhone users, and now Apple has started focusing on the next update- iOS 16.5. The company has even rolled out the first public beta of iOS 16.5 for testers. "Apple today (March 30) seeded the first betas of upcoming iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5 updates to public beta testers, allowing non-developers to test out the software head of its official launch. The public betas come two days after Apple provided the betas to developers," a report by MacRumors stated. (Pixabay)
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2/5 In order to test the iOS 16.5 update, people who have signed up for Apple's free beta testing program can go to the Settings of their phone. Then click on General, select Software Update. Meanwhile, here is what the iOS 16.5 will bring to your iPhone. (HT Tech)
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3/5 My Sports tab in Apple News: It seems like with iOS 16.5 Beta 1, a new Sports tab can be found at the bottom of the screen which will let users keep up to date with the news and performance of their preferred sports teams. (Unsplash)
iOS 16.5
4/5 Screen recording by Siri: According to 9to5Mac, this update is expected to allow Siri to start screen recording without any manual intervention. All you need to do is simply say "Hey Siri, start screen recording", and it will start capturing what's on your screen. (Unsplash)
iOS 16
5/5 Sports multi-view on Apple TV: The iOS 16.5 Beta 1 can allow users to stream up to four different sports simultaneously, giving users an opportunity to catch all the action live. (Unsplash)
iOS 16.4
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Know more about the recent zero-day flaws discovered in iOS 16.4. (Unsplash)

Several zero-day flaws have been discovered in Apple's operating systems which put most of its devices at risk of exploitation. The Cupertino-based tech giant recently released its iOS 16.4 update with several new features and usage improvements. However, it also brought along several bugs which broke some features on iPhones. Moreover, zero-day vulnerabilities have been discovered in iOS 16.4, which attackers might have already exploited. To counter this, Apple has released an emergency security update titled iOS 16.4.1.

iPhone, iPad owners at risk

Although Apple devices are considered one of the safest devices in the market when it comes to cybersecurity, this recent discovery of vulnerabilities serves as a reminder that nothing in this world is 100 percent safe. Alongside iOS 16.4, zero-day flaws were also discovered in iPadOS 16.4.

One of these critical flaws is an IOSurfaceAccelerator out-of-bounds write issue which is tracked as CVE-2023-28206, according to Apple's latest security advisory. It can enable an app to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Another vulnerability is termed CVE-20-23-28205, which is a WebKit issue that allows maliciously crafted web content to execute arbitrary code.

Which devices are affected?

According to Apple, the list of affected devices is long and all the devices which received iOS 16.4 and iPadOS 16.4 updates are at risk.

How to protect your devices

Apple frequently releases updates that not only introduce new features but also enhance security measures and fix vulnerabilities. Therefore, if your iPhone or iPad is operating on the same firmware as mentioned earlier, it is important to update to the latest software version immediately.

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First Published Date: 11 Apr, 12:46 IST