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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Grab these new Apple updates now to protect you from the Spectre chip flaw! By Francis Navarro,

By now, you've probably heard about the two critical flaws that are affecting virtually every processing chip made in the last two decades.

The flaws, dubbed Meltdown and Spectre, are in all computer processors including home computers, mobile devices, and servers. This includes Linux, Windows, and macOS machines.

With Apple confirming that its products are also affected by these flaws, you'll need to grab these new updates to protect your gadgets.

New updates for macOS and iOS

Apple has just released important security updates for both iOS and macOS, specifically addressing the Spectre chip vulnerability.

Make sure you update your iPhone or iPad to iOS 11.2.2 and your Macs to macOS High Sierra 10.13.2 to protect yourself from any Spectre exploits that may surface.

If you can recall, Apple also stated that it has already released mitigations and fixes for the other flaw, Meltdown, in earlier updatesNote: The Apple Watch is not affected by Meltdown nor Spectre.
Having the latest patches will then protect your iOS and macOS gadget from both Meltdown and Spectre.

According to the company's analysis, although Spectre is difficult to exploit on a Mac or iOS device, it can potentially be initiated via JavaScript running on a web browser so these updates include Safari fixes. According to Apple's test, these fixes don't have a significant impact on Safari's performance.
Apple will also continue developing and testing further protections against these critical chip flaws and release them in future updates for iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS so keep an eye on those and update as soon as they roll out.

For now, Apple said that although Macs and iOS devices can be affected by the flaws, "there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time."

Since exploiting these chip flaws require malicious code running on your Mac or iOS gadget, Apple recommends downloading software and apps only from trusted sources like the App Store.

How to Update:

Here's how you update your Apple gadgets:


Go to your "Settings" app and select "General." From there, select "Software Update" and your device will begin to check for updates. Then select "Download and Install" to get the latest version.
To get the update from iTunes, connect your device to a computer, open iTunes, and select your device from the menu in your iTunes Library. Select "Summary" and then click on "Check for Update." Finally, select "Download and Update" and wait for the update to sync to your device.


To get macOS updatesclick the Apple icon on the taskbar (top-left corner of your screen), then click "About This Mac" then click "Software Update" on the window that appears. Alternatively, you can use the Updates pane of the Mac App Store to check for the latest Mac software updates.

Apple TV

For the fourth-gen Apple TV, go to Settings >> System>> Software Updates >> Update Software.

Apple Watch

For watchOS, you will need to connect your Apple Watch to your iPhone. Once connected, open the Watch app on your iPhone, select General and Software Update to access the update. Make sure your Apple Watch is in range of your Wi-Fi connected iPhone and it is charged to at least 50 percent.