Whilst Apple was busy promoting its new streaming TV services, news, arcade and credit cards on Monday, it fixed a massive amount of security issues with its newest operating system — 51 to be exact in it’s latest iOS 12.2 update.
Perhaps the most notable fix was that the latest iOS update patched a flaw that could allow malicious applications to access the microphone on your iPhone and record you and those around you.
The company also fixed a problem with the FaceTime app that prevented video chats from pausing when you left the app.
Another fix closed a loophole that allowed users to access sensitive information in the Messages app and websites visited through Safari to see information from their phone’s light and motion sensors.
Those are just a few of the big security flaws. Others dealt with phone memory and SMS hacking. Some of the patches impact devices other than iPhones, such as laptops and iPads.
The iPhone’s previous operating system, iOS 12.1.4, was released in February after the discovery of a bug in FaceTime that allowed the camera and microphones of iPhones to be accessed without the user’s permission.
Some people take a more cautious approach and wait a while before updating iOS versions to ensure they don’t experience any bugs, however considering how many security issues exist in previous versions of iOS, it’s definitely worth updating sooner rather than later.
Settings >> General >> Software Update >> Install
How to update to iOS 12.2
Make sure you have a recent iCloud backup of your device before updating.
Launch Settings from your Home screen.
Tap on General.
Tap on Software Update.
Tap on Download and Install.
Enter your Passcode, if prompted.
Tap Agree to the Terms and Conditions.
Tap Agree again to confirm
Takes at least 15 – 20 minutes – but in some cases can take longer…. Then you’re up-to-date and secure.
Update to protect your device.
Details have been published on Apple’s web site: