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iOS 16—Why You Need To Update To The Latest iPhone Software – Forbes

Apple’s iOS 16.2 has just been released, along with some brilliant new iPhone features and a rather hefty 35 security updates. But the release of iOS 16.2 also comes alongside a new version of iOS 15, iOS 15.7.2.
At first glance, this makes perfect sense—Apple has been updating iOS 15 alongside iOS 16 with important security updates for the last few months. As I’ve written before, iOS 15 updates aren’t as detailed as those for iOS 16 and don’t include as many fixes.
In the case of iOS 15.7.2, however, the updated software is only available for iPhones that can’t run iOS 16. That means if you have an iPhone 8 or above, you now need to update to iOS 16 if you want your device to remain secure.
Let me explain.
The release of iOS 16.2 comes alongside a new version of iOS 15, iOS 15.7.2.
Every year, when Apple releases a brand new operating system update—as it did in the Fall with iOS 16—it keeps support in place for those cautious to upgrade. It’s certainly fair to do so, as the new operating system has suffered from a few bugs since its launch.
So far, Apple has updated iOS 15 with important security updates, namely iOS 15.7.1 and iOS 15.7.
But this support was always going to be limited, and with iOS 15.7.2 being offered for older iPhones only, it appears time is up.
I get it—you might be tempted to leave updating for a while to see if anyone else is getting bugs after upgrading to the new iOS version. But in the case of iOS 15.7.2, it’s important that you update straight away because it fixes a security flaw that is already being used in real-life attacks.
Tracked as CVE-2022-42856, the security issue in WebKit, which underpins Apple’s Safari browser, could lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple says on its support page that it “is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited against versions of iOS released before iOS 15.1.”
Now here’s for the really confusing bit—Apple issued the iOS 16.1.2 update a couple of weeks ago, fixing the very same issue. However, it only updated its support page this week with details of the patch.
While the flaw fixed in iOS 15.7.2 and iOS 16.1.2 was actively exploited against iOS versions before 15.1, there still must be a risk to other users. Therefore you need to apply one of these updates, or cut out the middle man and go straight to iOS 16.2 as soon as you can.
I asked Apple to comment on this story and will update my article if the firm responds.
The moral of the story is if your iPhone will support it, you need to update to iOS 16 as soon as you can. “Folks should look to update to iOS16 now,” says independent security researcher Sean Wright. “Apple has now had sufficient time to iron out the issues, so the concerns about moving to a new major version of the iOS should be a lot less.”
There are also upcoming security features that will only be available in iOS 16—such as end-to-end encryption for iCloud, he points out.
“You can only truly be protected with the latest patches by having the most up-to-date iOS,” says Jake Moore, global cybersecurity advisor at ESET. Putting faith in older devices that may not be taken care of is “a risk people shouldn’t be taking,” he adds.
So in this case, there isn’t an option—at least at the moment—to stay on iOS 15 and remain secure, unless you have an older iPhone. For those on iPhone 8 or above, it’s time to update to iOS 16.2, the latest version of iOS 16, to keep your iPhone safe.
To update your iPhone, go to your Settings > General > Software Update and download and install the latest iOS version.