How to update your iPhone, iPad, and Mac now to fix a critical security vulnerability

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    Earlier this week, Apple pushed critical updates to iOS, iPadOS, and MacOS that patched exploits currently being used to attack systems.

    The fact that this vulnerability is being used to attack systems means that these updates should be installed as soon as possible.

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    In general, Apple products are great at self-updating, but given the severity of this vulnerability and the ongoing exploits, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re protected.

    Get an iPhone, iPad, or Mac and make sure it’s fully updated.

    What devices need updating?

    This update applies to nearly every iPhone, iPad, or Mac Apple has sold in the last five years.

    This critical update applies to the following devices:

    • iPhone 8 or newer
    • iPad Pro (all models)
    • iPad Air (3rd generation) or newer
    • iPad (5th generation) and newer
    • iPad Mini (5th generation) or newer
    • MacBook Pro (2017 and newer)
    • MacBook Air (2018 and newer)
    • MacBook (2017 and newer)
    • iMacs (2017 and newer)
    • Mac Mini (2018 and newer)
    • mac studio

    There is also a new 16.3 version of Safari for Macs running MacOS Big Sur and Monterey.

    Reason to update

    Updating your iPhone, iPad, or Mac operating system is the best thing you can do to protect your data from hackers. The sooner you update, the sooner you’ll be protected, and the less time it takes for an attacker to gain a foothold in your hardware.

    How to update your iPhone and iPad

    to tap settingTap. General > Software Update, This screen checks if there are any outstanding updates. You need to make sure you have iOS 16.3.1 installed on your iPhone and iPadOS 16.3.1 on your iPad.

    2. Tap Automatic updating Make sure all settings are enabled so that future updates are applied automatically.

    I have 3 auto-update settings turned on

    Make sure all these iOS/iPadOS settings are enabled.

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    How to update your Mac

    1. Make sure your macOS is up to date

    If your Mac is running the latest MacOS Ventura release, System settingafter that Universaland software updateThe latest version of MacOS Ventura is 13.2.1.

    If your Mac is running MacOS Big Sur or Monterey, click the Apple icon in the upper left corner of your screen and System Preferences after that software updateThen check the box next to it. safari 16.3 update and select Install now.

    2. Enable automatic updates

    Tap I next to Automatic updating Make sure all settings are enabled so future updates are applied automatically.

    Some MacOS settings are enabled

    Make sure these MacOS settings are enabled.

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