Apple is rolling out a rare critical update for the very old iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus


Apple has just rolled out a major security update for its older phones and tablets. iOS 12.5.6 is now available on iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus.

Released in 2014, the iPhone 5S has long since become an old man in the mobile industry. The mobile, which will soon celebrate its 8th anniversary, has just received an update from Apple. More generally, all Apple mobile devices blocked on iOS 12 now have the right to an update, a rare occurrence for devices that have been almost abandoned by Apple for years.

Available for iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus

The update rolled out by Apple fixes a serious bug that Apple recently patched across all of its operating systems. The flaw concerns the Webkit rendering engine (which allows Safari and other browsers to display web pages), susceptible to hacking to execute malicious code on the targeted machine. Identified under the code name CVE-2022-32893the fault “may have been actively exploited” according to Apple. The installation of the update is critical.

As the manufacturer specifies on its site, this patch – which arrives in version 12.5.6 of iOS – is available for iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and 6th generation iPod Touch.

To install it, nothing very complicated: go to the application Settingschoose the sub-menu General then choose Software update and let your phone or tablet download and then install the update. Be careful though, you will need about 300 MB free on the phone to perform the update. If you don’t have them, try moving some photos to external storage or deleting apps you don’t use.

All iPhones and iPads released after the devices listed above should already have received the update since these machines are supposed to run on the latest version of Apple’s OS (15.6.1 to be precise).

Apple, a good student in terms of tracking updates

If the iPhone 5, 6 and others have not been entitled to the latest IOS news for some time, it is reassuring to see that Apple is still struggling to protect its customers from major risks in terms of cybersecurity. This is not the first time that iOS 12 has received a security update. In 2021 alone, the system saw 5 update deployments, all aimed at fixing bugs and security flaws. Apple is notoriously more efficient than its Android competitors when it comes to software longevity.

If we can only applaud the manufacturer for its follow-up policy, we would like this kind of update to be the rule and not the exception. To build an environmentally sustainable mobile industry, it is necessary to keep your phone as long as possible. And if users have a share of responsibility in this, so do manufacturers, since a phone that no longer receives updates quickly becomes a sieve in terms of cybersecurity.

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