According to a report by 9To5Mac, the latest security patches will provide additional protection to older Apple devices against potential security threats.
Apple is releasing a software upgrade for older iPhone and iPad models, iOS 15.7.5, to address vulnerabilities in the core tech system. The tech giant has emphasized its focus on securing its ecosystem and has hinted that these vulnerabilities may have been previously exploited. The update aims to fix these issues and improve the security of older devices.
The Cupertino based company has recently released two consecutive security updates, iOS 15.7.4 and iOS 15.7.5, which aim to enhance the security of older iPhone and iPad models. The latter focuses on securing vulnerabilities in the IOSurfaceAccelerator and WebKit, which can prevent arbitrary code execution from malicious web content and apps. According to a report by 9To5Mac, the latest security patches will provide additional protection to older Apple devices against potential security threats.
A Twitter user named Aaron Zollo, known for his tech expertise and having a follower count of over 100,000, shared an image of the recently released iOS 15.7.5 upgrade being rolled out. The update is available for various Apple devices, including all models of iPhone 6s and 7, iPhone SE, iPad Air 2, iPad mini (4th generation), and iPod touch (7th generation). These eligible devices can now get their hands on the latest security patches and updates for improved performance and security.
Apple is strongly advising users to download and install the iOS 15.7.5 update as soon as possible. With over 1.5 billion iPhone users worldwide as of 2023, the company is prioritizing the security of its devices. In 2022, Apple recorded a total net sales of $394.33 billion, reflecting a 2.44 percent YoY increase from 2021. This highlights the continued popularity and importance of Apple’s products and services in the global market.
To maintain its significant sales figures, Apple regularly updates its device lineup. In addition to the iOS 15.7.5 update, the tech giant is also releasing the macOS Big Sur 11.7.6 (20G1231) and macOS Monterey 12.6.5 (21G531) updates for its laptops. As per a report by 9To5Mac, these updates are aimed at enhancing the performance and security of Apple’s Mac devices. This demonstrates Apple’s commitment to providing its customers with the latest and most secure technology.
The tech giant is expanding its retail presence in various regions across the globe. For instance, the company is set to open its first two Apple Stores in Mumbai and Delhi later this month, in a bid to expand its footprint in India. Apple customers in India will be able to experience the latest product lineup and receive personalized service and support from the new stores. This move highlights Apple’s commitment to enhancing its customer experience and catering to its growing customer base in India.
Apple has released iOS 15.7.5 and iPadOS 15.7.5 for older iPhones and iPads not supported by iOS 16. The updates patch two critical Zero Day security vulnerabilities which Apple states “may have been actively exploited” by hackers, making them essential. Here’s everything you need to know.
Who Is It For?
iOS 15.7.5 and iPadOS 15.7.5 are for iOS 15-compatible devices that are not compatible with iOS 16. This means the iPhone 6s (all models), iPhone 7 (all models), iPhone SE (1st generation), iPad Air 2, iPad mini (4th generation), and iPod touch (7th generation). You can trigger the update manually by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update.
Any newer device still running iOS 15 / iPadOS 15 will be forced to update to iOS 16.4 / iPadOS 16.4.1 (it will be labeled ‘iOS 16’ / ‘iPadOS 16’). No further iOS 15 updates are likely to come to your device, although Apple has made exceptions.
The Deal Breakers
One day after release, no significant bug complaints about iOS 15.7.5 or iPadOS 15.7.5 have been reported by upgraders. This is to be expected due to the maturity of these operating systems and the specific nature of their updates. I will update this guide should that change.
Apple iOS 15.7.5, iPadOS 15.7.5 Verdict: Upgrade
iOS 15.7.5 and iPadOS 15.7.5 are essential updates, fixing two real-world threats while having no negative impact on your iPhone or iPad. As always, I will deliver my final verdict for cautious upgraders in one week, but I would not recommend anyone delay installing this update.
The Road Ahead
Owners of iPhones and iPads limited to iOS 15 / iPadOS 15 can still expect Apple to release periodic security updates. But be warned: they will be weeks, if not months, behind the same fixes for iOS 16-compatible devices. If you can afford to update to a newer iPhone or iPad, at this stage, you should.