Yesterday evening the expected iOS 16.2 finally arrived, the major update for iOS 16 which introduced a series of very interesting new features on the supported iPhones and iPads. Apple explained though that the update also looks at security and fixed as many as 30 vulnerabilities
The American company explained that it has fixed several security bugs discovered by engineers and researchers in past OS versions. These concerned graphics drivers, Webkit, the kernel, but also applications such as Safari, Weather and Photos. Fortunately, none of the bugs appear to have been actively exploited by cybercriminals, but Apple still recommends updating on compatible devices.
However, the Cupertino colossus has included the same fixes in the iOS 15.7.2 and iPadOS 15.7.2 updates which are available on smartphones and iPads that cannot install iOS 16.2, tvoS 16.2, watchOS 9.2 and iCloud for Windows 14.1.
The same goes for macOS Ventura 13.1, released last night and which contains the same fixes. Those unable to upgrade to Ventura can install macOS Monterey 12.6.2 or macOS Big Sur 11.7.2 to get protection against some of the vulnerabilities in question.
Among the innovations introduced by Apple with iOS 16.2 we also find the Freeform application, a real virtual whiteboard on which to write and annotate content.