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Apple confirms iPhones and iPads are impacted by massive chip flaws, but has a fix for you

Apple confirms iPhones and iPads are impacted by massive chip flaws, but has a fix for you

If you've been following Komando.com, you've read about the two critical flaws that are affecting virtually every processing chip made in the last two decades.

The flaws, dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, are in all computer processors including home computers, mobile devices, and servers. This includes Linux, Windows, and macOS machines.

Now, you might wonder, although Apple designs some of its mobile chips, are iPhones and the iPads affected too?

How safe is your Apple gadget from the chip-ocalypse?

Yes. Turns out, they are. In an official post, the company confirmed that most of its products are affected by the chip flaws too.

Since these exploits take advantage of flaws in a process called "speculative execution," a capability built into every modern processor, Apple chips are not spared.

However, Apple also stated that it has already released mitigations and fixes for Meltdown in iOS 11.2 (iPhones and iPads), macOS 10.12.2 (Macs), and tvOS 11.2 (Apple TV). Note: The Apple Watch is not affected by Meltdown.

These are past or current updates so it means that if your Apple gadget's software is up to date, then you already have protections in place (at least for Meltdown).

Apple is also planning to release updates for Safari that will help defend against Spectre.

According to the company's analysis, although Spectre is difficult to exploit on a Mac or iOS device, it can potentially be initiated via JavaScript running on a web browser. If you use Safari regularly, grab this update too for protection.

And the company is not stopping there. They will continue to develop and test further protections against these critical chip flaws and release them in future updates for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS so keep an eye on those and update as soon as they roll out.

For now, Apple said that although Macs and iOS devices can be affected by the flaws, "there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time."

Since exploiting these chip flaws require malicious code running on your Mac or iOS gadget, Apple recommends downloading software and apps only from trusted sources like the App Store.

To read Apple's official post about Meltdown and Spectre, click here.

How to Update:

Here's how you update your Apple gadgets:

iOS

Go to your "Settings" app and select "General." From there, select "Software Update" and your device will begin to check for updates. Then select "Download and Install" to get the latest version.

To get the update from iTunes, connect your device to a computer, open iTunes, and select your device from the menu in your iTunes Library. Select "Summary" and then click on "Check for Update." Finally, select "Download and Update" and wait for the update to sync to your device.

Macs

To get macOS updatesclick the Apple icon on the taskbar (top-left corner of your screen), then click "About This Mac" then click "Software Update" on the window that appears. Alternatively, you can use the Updates pane of the Mac App Store to check for the latest Mac software updates.

Apple TV

For the fourth-gen Apple TV, go to Settings >> System>> Software Updates >> Update Software.

Apple Watch

For watchOS, you will need to connect your Apple Watch to your iPhone. Once connected, open the Watch app on your iPhone, select General and Software Update to access the update. Make sure your Apple Watch is in range of your Wi-Fi connected iPhone and it is charged to at least 50 percent.

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