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Apple's iOS 16.7.1 Update Security Fixes for Older iPhone Models: How to Update Your Device

iOS 16.7.1 is already being rolled out to older iPhone models, just days after Apple launched iOS 17.0.3 for eligible handsets to address overheating issues with iPhone 15 Pro models. The Cupertino business has corrected two security holes as part of the latest iOS 16 release and has recommended consumers download and install the upgrade on their iPhones

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iOS 16.7.1 Essential Security Update for Older iPhones

iOS 16.7.1 is already being rolled out to older iPhone models, just days after Apple launched iOS 17.0.3 for eligible handsets to address overheating issues with iPhone 15 Pro models. The Cupertino business has corrected two security holes as part of the latest iOS 16 release and has recommended consumers download and install the upgrade on their iPhones. Meanwhile, those needing to install the iOS 17 update on their current iPhone models can download the iOS 16.7.1 update.

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The iOS 16.7.1 upgrade began rolling out to users with iPhone 8 and newer models late Tuesday, while owners of qualifying iPad models will be able to get the iPadOS 16.7.1 update. Users with devices that are compatible with iOS 17 but have opted to stay on iOS 16 for the time being can also update to the latest version.

The iOS 16.7.1 update, like the iOS 17.0.3 update released last week, includes a crucial remedy for an iOS 16 kernel vulnerability that allowed a local attacker to raise privileges and obtain access to the device. According to Apple's updated security notes for the iOS 16.7.1 update, the iPhone company knows the issue was actively exploited on systems running iOS 16.6 and previous versions.

Similarly, the upgrade includes a WebRTC (a real-time communication technology utilised by various web services and related companies) update. According to Apple, the corrected issue would allow arbitrary (or malicious) code to be executed on a user's smartphone.

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In the meantime, Apple has released the third beta of iOS 17.1 to customers on the public beta channel. The update, which is expected to arrive in the coming weeks, will include the ability to complete AirDrop transfers over the Internet, a new torch indicator for the Dynamic Island on non-iPhone 15 Pro models, and new Apple Music features such as the ability to add a favourite from the lock screen.

How to Get and Install iOS 16.7.1 on an iPhone

  • Connect to a Wi-Fi network and ensure the iPhone battery level is over 50%.
  • In the Settings app, go to General > Software Update.
  • When the iOS 16.7.1 update is displayed, select Update Now.
  • To begin the update process, enter your phone's passcode.
  • Wait for your phone to restart, which takes a few moments.
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