If you own an iPhone 6, iPad mini 2, or any other older Apple device, you’re unfortunately locked out of the latest iOS 16.3 update that arrived this week. But there is still an update waiting for you to install in Settings.
Apple pushes major security updates to older phones from time to time (the last one was in August 2022) and this is one of those times. The iOS 12.5.7 update contains just one patch that fixes a zero-day WebKit vulnerability that could allow a hacker to execute arbitrary code on your Mac:
- Available for: iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch (6th generation)
- Result: Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited against versions of iOS released prior to iOS 15.1.
- Description: A type confusion issue has been addressed through improved status handling.
- CVE-2022-42856: Clément Lecigne of Google’s Threat Analysis Group
The security update was pushed to newer devices on November 30 in iOS 16.1.2 and iOS 15.7.2 on December 13. It’s not clear why Apple waited nearly eight weeks to ship it to iOS 12 devices.
Then go to the Settings app to install the update General and Software update. Crane Download and install and follow the directions.