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Apple just released updates for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, with bug fixes and security improvements

The most notable improvement includes optimizations for Crash Detection on the iPhone 14 and 14 Pro, as well as security fixes.
Written by Jason Cipriani, Contributing Writer
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Apple on Monday released several software updates for its various hardware products, including the iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch, HomePod, and Apple TV

The updates are iOS 16.3.1, iPadOS 16.3.1, MacOS 13.2.1, WatchOS 9.3.1, HomePodOS 16.3.2, and tvOS 16.3.2, and they include several bug fixes and security improvements. 

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When checking for an update on my iPhone 14 Pro Max, I was presented with the following change log: 

  • iCloud settings may be unresponsive or incorrectly display if apps are using iCloud.
  • Siri requests for Find My may not work.
  • Crash Detection optimizations on iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro models.
iOS 16.3.1 update screenshot
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The crash detection improvements will surely be of interest to emergency services and call centers, as there have been multiple reports of errant 911 calls in situations where a crash was incorrectly detected -- such as when skiing or even riding a roller coaster

Included in the release notes, there's a link to Apple's security updates website, where the company lists any security issues that are addressed in each update, and it appears there are two vulnerabilities that have been patched in the update. 

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The first one allowed an app to possibly execute code with kernel privileges. The second security issue that was fixed used web content for arbitrary code execution, and Apple notes that it may have been actively exploited. 

You can download and install the updates for free right now. On the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, that's done via the Settings app under General > Software Update. The HomePod is updated through the Home app, while the Apple Watch is updated through the Watch app on your iPhone.

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