New Apple security updates 'recommended for all users'

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What you need to know

  • Apple has issued software updates for its Mac, iPhone, and Apple Watch software.
  • It comes with a security update to fix a corruption bug in WebKit.
  • It could have lead to 'arbitrary code execution' on user devices and is recommended for everyone.

New Apple software updates for iOS 14, watchOS 7, and macOS Big Sur come recommended for all users by Apple, as they patch an issue with WebKit across devices.

As noted by Tom's Guide:

Apple has launched a series of security updates for Mac, the iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch, all to address the same vulnerability — and it's apparently serious enough that Apple will warn you to install the updates as soon as possible.iOS and iPadOS 14.4.1, watchOS 7.3.2 and macOS Big Sur 11.2.3 should all be available to download now. Once downloaded, you may be notified that your platform's respective update is "important" and is "recommended for all users." It might not be iOS 14.5, but you should still update as soon as you can.

As reported by ZDnet, the issue relates to a bug detected by researchers at Google and Microsoft, and was a bug that could lead "to arbitrary code execution".

Fortunately, there are currently no known instances of the bug being exploited, which makes the upgrade all the more important. You can tune in to all of our guides for Mac, iPhone, and Apple Watch regarding downloading the latest software:

Apple's own release notes on the iteration simply state "This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users."

Stephen Warwick
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Stephen Warwick has written about Apple for five years at iMore and previously elsewhere. He covers all of iMore's latest breaking news regarding all of Apple's products and services, both hardware and software. Stephen has interviewed industry experts in a range of fields including finance, litigation, security, and more. He also specializes in curating and reviewing audio hardware and has experience beyond journalism in sound engineering, production, and design. Before becoming a writer Stephen studied Ancient History at University and also worked at Apple for more than two years. Stephen is also a host on the iMore show, a weekly podcast recorded live that discusses the latest in breaking Apple news, as well as featuring fun trivia about all things Apple. Follow him on Twitter @stephenwarwick9