If you’ve received a notification to update to a new version of Apple’s iOS, I would recommend downloading it ASAP. The latest iteration fixes a security issue for both the iPhone and the iPad.
According to the company Security support siteThe update specifically affects Webkit – a browser engine developed by Apple and used in Safari (along with other iOS web browsers). The impact of the security exploit is listed because “the processing of maliciously crafted web content can lead to universal cross-site scripting”.
Basically, your Apple device is susceptible to hacks regardless of whether you are using Safari or other third-party browsers. And considering that Apple noted on its support website that there is “a report that this issue may have been actively exploited” (keyword: active), don’t interrupt the update.
The latest versions are listed as iOS 14.4.2 (for the iPhone) and iPadOS 14.4.2 (for the iPad). Regarding the compatible devices, Apple lists the following on its support website:
If you have an older device, Apple also pushed iOS 12.5.2 to avoid the problem. And those with an Apple Watch (Series 3 or later) should update to the latest watchOS version 7.3.3 as well.
If you don’t have automatic updates installed on your devices yet, update them to the latest operating system Is simple. Go to Settings> General> Software update and follow the instructions to download and install. I promise the whole process will only take a few minutes.
UPDATE: March 27, 2021 at 5:53 p.m. EDT In a previous version of this post, the update number was incorrectly listed as 14.2.2. It’s actually 4/14/2. We regret the mistake and apologize for any confusion.