Apple recently released iOS update 14.7.1, which, alongside repairing a problem between iPhones and Apple Watches, fixes a possible security issue within iPhones.
Originally, iOS update 14.7 (which released mid-July) was an update that allowed iPhones to connect to MagSafe battery packs. However, this update came with an unintended security exploit that Apple is now fixing.
While the implications of this security issue weren't specifically spelled out by Apple, the issue wasn't major enough for any large investigations or inquisitions. Still, users should make sure to update their devices at their earliest convenience.
What Does the Latest iOS Patch Do?
The frustrating thing about Apple is that, whenever they fix security issues, they're not particularly vocal about what it is that they've fixed. The main function of the patch was to allow iPhones to unlock their user's Apple Watch, as that feature was accidentally bugged in iOS 14.7.
However, the security fixes are simply described as “security” fixes, with Apple classically claiming “For our customers' protection, Apple doesn't disclose, discuss, or confirm security issues until an investigation has occurred and patches or releases are available.”
So, we're somewhat in the dark here, but we do know that Apple wouldn't go out of its way to resolve an issue if there were no implications for the user.
Should I Update My iPhone?
While the main purpose of the update is to fix the sync issue between iPhones and Apple Watches, all Apple users should still update their phones as soon as possible, even if they don't have an Apple Watch.
There are security updates within the update that fix issues that, in some isolated instances, have already been exploited. As Apple often does, they have yet to comment on the specifics of these security issues, as perhaps they don't want to give people ideas, but this patch does claim to fix security issues.
All in all, Apple users should update their phones as soon as possible in order to avoid being hacked or exploited by cyber criminals.
To update your iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Update.