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Apple’s iOS 14.4 Security Update

Apple’s iOS 14.4 software update is available now for iPhones and iPads. The update has several bug fixes and also patches three security vulnerabilities found in the operating systems that the company believes hackers were actively exploiting.  

In order to maintain security for their users, companies like Apple, Google and Samsung are consistently updating their operating systems. This update from Apple address vulnerabilities that have been identified. Your device will need to be updated to iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 to fix these vulnerabilities. 

To update the software on your iPhone and iPad: 

  • Open the Settings app. 
  • Tap General. 
  • Tap Software Update. 
    • If your software is already updated, it will say “iOS 14.4 – Your software is up to date”. 
  • If you don’t have the latest update, tap Download and Install. 

Once you’ve done this, your iPhone and iPad are running iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4, your devices will be protected from the identified exploits. 

The update also added a few minor fixes and features like: the ability for the camera to recognize smaller QR codes, the option to classify Bluetooth device type in Settings for correct identification of headphones for audio notifications, and a keyboard lag issue was fixed. 

Apple also recently announced its App Tracking Transparency privacy measure that will come with the next betas of iOS14 and iPadOS14 in early Spring. This feature will push a notification to users every time an app wants to track their location with two options: “Allow Tracking” and “Ask App not to Track”.