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iOS 12.5.6 With Important Security Fix Released Ahead of Apple's Far Out Launch Event: All Details

The update to iOS 12.5.6 brings a fix for a security flaw in Apple's WebKit browser engine.

iOS 12.5.6 With Important Security Fix Released Ahead of Apple's Far Out Launch Event: All Details

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Apple's iOS 16 update will not be available for the iPhone 7 and older models

Highlights
  • iOS 12.5.6 is now available for older iPhone and iPad models
  • Apple says a flaw that was patched may have previously been exploited
  • iOS 12.5.6 is being rolled out a week ahead of the release of iOS 16

Apple is rolling out an iOS 12 update for older iPhone and iPad models, according to a new report. The new update comes less than a week before the company is expected to unveil the upcoming version of its operating system, iOS 16, alongside new iPhone models. The latest iOS 12 release is available for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, while the iPad Air, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3 will also receive the update, which contain an important security fix for a vulnerability that may have been exploited by attackers.

The update to iOS 12.5.6, first spotted by XDA Developers, began rolling out to eligible iPhone and iPad models on Wednesday. The update brings a fix for a security flaw in Apple's WebKit browser engine. According to Apple, the vulnerability could have allowed execution of arbitrary code, due to processing of maliciously crafted web content. The company has credited an anonymous researcher with disclosing the security flaw.

It is worth noting that Apple says it is aware of a report that the security vulnerability may have been actively exploited. As a result, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 PlusiPad Air, iPad mini 2, and iPad mini 3, and iPod Touch (6th generation) owners should update to iOS 12.5.6 as soon as possible.

Users who have not yet downloaded the update can visit Settings > General > Software Update to update to iOS 12.5.6 on eligible older iPhone and iPad models.

Meanwhile, Apple is gearing up to launch the next version of its updating system, iOS 16. The update is expected to be available starting September 7 and is set to bring improvements to the company's applications and a redesigned, highly customisable Lock Screen interface. iOS 16 will be available for iPhone 8 and later models, according to Apple.


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David Delima
As a writer on technology with Gadgets 360, David Delima is interested in open-source technology, cybersecurity, consumer privacy, and loves to read and write about how the Internet works. David can be contacted via email at DavidD@ndtv.com, on Twitter at @DxDavey, and Mastodon at mstdn.social/@delima. More
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