Now is the time to update your iPhone to iOS 14.6 for major security fixes
Apple today released an update to your iPhone to iOS 14.6, which contains a number of key security updates for almost all recent iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch devices, as well as new features for AirTags and subscriptions in Apple Podcasts.
Updates to the Apple Card and subscriptions in Apple Podcasts are the two biggest new consumer-facing features in iOS 14.6. Meanwhile, the opportunity to “add an email address instead of a phone number for AirTag and Find My network accessories” drew some attention to AirTags.
Apple Music users will also benefit from iOS 14.6’s support for Dolby Atmos and lossless audio, which will be available later this month.
The most important aspect of iOS 14.6 is a slew of security updates that address anything from malicious audio files that may let hackers run code or reveal personal information to gaps in iOS’ Core Services, which were previously vulnerable to malware that could possibly grant bad actors root privileges.
The security updates in iOS 14.6 are so essential that they affect practically every significant mobile device Apple has released in the last five years, including the iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and later, iPad fifth-gen and later, iPad Mini 4 and later, and iPod Touch seventh-gen and later.
Even if you don’t have an Apple Card or listen to Apple Podcasts, every iPhone and iPad owner should upgrade to iOS 14.6 as soon as possible.
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