Apple's iOS 14.8 was released on Monday, and the small update contains a big security fix. The latest version of Apple's mobile operating system repairs a vulnerabilityby invasive spyware called that can potentially turn on your phone's camera and microphone, and record messages, texts, emails and calls. (Though the odds of your iPhone or iPad being infected are low, you can still check to .)
While iOS 14.7 brought some useful new features likefor the and managing timers on your , iOS 14.8 is just a security fix. It arrives right before iOS 15 is generally available to download on Monday, Sept. 20 (here's ), and Apple releases the , and the .
Here's what you need to know about iOS 14.8. Plus, check out.
How to download iOS 14.8 now
Since Apple released iOS 14.8 to the public, you should get a prompt telling you that iOS 14.8 is now available and asking if you'd like to download it. Or you can do the following:
1. Open the Settings app.
2. Select General.
3. Tap Software Update.
Your device will connect to Apple's servers and prompt you to download and install the update. Follow the prompts to complete the installation. When your device reboots, it will be running iOS 14.8. (Check out our.)
What devices does iOS 14.8 work on?
iOS 14.8 is compatible with all the same devices as iOS 14. Generally, these include the iPhone 6S all the way up through the iPhone 12, along with the iPhone SE and the seventh-gen iPod Touch. For the.
iOS 14.8: Security fix and new features
The latest operating software update is only meant to fix the security flaw that the Pegasus spyware could exploit -- it doesn't bring any new features to your iPhone.
Pegasus was created by Israel-based cybersecurity company NSO Group, with the intention of helping governments pursue criminals and terrorists, . But in July, researchers found evidence of attempted or successful installations of Pegasus on 37 phones of activists, journalists and businesspeople -- and all but three of the devices were iPhones. It's another example of how vulnerable we can be to digital spying, even with security protections in place.
Again, it's unlikely that your iPhone would be targeted by Pegasus, particularly with the iOS 14.8 patch, but you can.
For more, check out some of the. And before you make any OS updates, .