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Apple iOS 14.5.1: Apple releases software updates with major security fixes

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Vijay Sales

Highlights:

  • Apple has rolled out the latest iOS 14.5.1 update.
  • The latest update fixes a security flaw in Webkit.
  • The new updates also include a fix for the App Tracking Transparency prompts.

One week after the release of iOS 14.5, Apple today is releasing iOS 14.5.1 to the public with bug fixes and performance improvements. Apple is also releasing iOS 12.5.3 for older iPhones that are not supported by iOS 14.5.

A massive update to Apple’s iPhone software has dropped that will make it difficult for Facebook and other apps to track your data in the background. Until now, Facebook and other apps have been able to mine data from iPhones if users had not changed their settings to prevent it.

Unless you give explicit permission to an app (including those made by Apple), it can’t use your data for targeted ads, share your location data with advertisers or share your advertising ID or any other identifiers with third parties.

iOS 14.5.1: How to update the software?

Today’s new release iOS 14.5.1 is available via an over-the-air update in the Settings app.

You can download and install the update by going into the settings section of your device, and then hop on to ‘General’ > Software Update. Users should ensure that they are connected to a stable internet connection during the process and have the device charged.

As usual, if the update does not immediately appear for download, keep checking, as it sometimes takes a few minutes to roll out to all users. The build number for today’s release is 18E212.

The company said in the update description:

“This update fixes an issue with App Tracking Transparency where some users who previously disabled Allow Apps to Request to Track in Settings may not receive prompts from apps after re-enabling it.”

The file size of the security update is 503.9MB and all the users are advise to immediately download it. The update is available for users who own an iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation).

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