Own an iPhone 5s or iPhone 6? Apple has released a rare security update for older iPhones

It's worth taking the time to update the handset to the latest iOS 12.5.6 update.

Highlights
  • Old iPhones, iPads, and iPods are vulnerable to the security threat that runs unchecked code via browsers. 
  • The iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2 and 3, and sixth-generation iPod Touch could be affected by this issue.
  • The iOS 12.5.6 security patch fixes this issue, and you’d update your old Apple device to this version. 

If you’re still holding on to the iPhone 5s or iPhone 6 to save cash for the upcoming iPhone 14 lineup phone or enjoy the Touch ID home button, your iPhone is vulnerable to a security threat. You don’t need to worry about this issue as long as you update the newest iOS security patch Apple released for old iPhones, iPads, and iPods. This latest iOS 12 version patches the security threat you didn’t know existed.

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Apple, in the patch notes, says that it was informed about the issue via a tip citing the vulnerability was being actively used by a bad actor. In September 2021, Apple published iOS 12.5.5 update to resolve a similar problem.

Apple usually doesn’t release any updates for their older iOS software, but when it does, it’s likely because of a serious issue, so it’s worth taking the time to update the handset. This security fix that iOS 12.5.6 brings is the ability of malicious websites to create PDFs and apps that run unchecked code on your phone when opened in Safari, Chrome, or another web browser.

iOS 12.5.6

To download and install the update, go to the Settings app, select the General tab, and then select Software Update. If your phone doesn’t have enough room for the update, consider deleting some apps, photos, or anything to clear some storage on the device. 

This iOS update is also available for the iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2 and 3, and the sixth-generation iPod Touch, so if you have any of these, update them now. While these security warnings are nothing to worry about, installing them in this digital era of low-to-no data privacy is always a good idea.