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Apple releases iOS 14.4.1, iPadOS 14.4.1, macOS Big Sur 11.2.3, and watchOS 7.3.2

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While we all are anxiously waiting for iOS 14.5 major update, Apple today released a minor update to all of their product line except for TVOS.

Apple officially released iOS 14.4.1, iPadOS 14.4.1, macOS Big Sur 11.2.3, and watchOS 7.3.2 to the public. This comes more than a month after Apple released iOS 14.4 to the public, which landed in late January of this year. As the version number will tell you, this is a minor update in the grand scheme of things. Newer features are coming in the next larger update to iOS 14.5.

The new update is available for all devices supporting iOS 14 and is around 138.3 Megabytes on our iPhone 12 Pro test device. It can vary in size depending on the device you’re using. The new software is free to download and install as have always been the case. It’s available now as an over-the-air (OTA) update for supported devices.

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As far as what’s new, it’s all about security fixes this time around. To update, open Settings –> General –> Software Update. Follow the onscreen instructions to download and install the new software. If you have automatic updates turned on, along with automatic downloads, your supported device will download and install the software automatically overnight while the device is charging.

Apple says the new software is recommended for all iOS users, and they should install the new software now. Per the release notes:

This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.

For information on the security content of apple software updates, please visit this website:

https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

No other details are available at the moment of publication.

watchOS gets an update, too

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In addition to the update to iOS, Apple also released a minor update to watchOS as well. The new software version is watchOS 7.3.2, and it’s available now for supported models. To update manually, open the Watch app, then select General –> Software Update and follow the onscreen instructions.

To update, the Apple Watch must have at least 50% battery, be connected to a charger, and also be within range and paired to an iPhone.

With Automatic Updates turned on, the new software will be downloaded and installed overnight while the smartwatch charges.

This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.

For information on the security content of apple software updates, please visit this website:

https://support.apple.com/kb/HT201222

macOS Catalina 11.2.3

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Apple also updated macOS Big Sur to version 11.2.3 as well. As is par for the course with the new software releases, this one’s a minor update as well. It’s meant primarily for security improvements and changes. To update, select System Preferences –> Software Update and follow the onscreen instructions. With Automatic Updates, the new software will be downloaded and installed overnight.

Should you upgrade?

The updates are available now and as this updates critical security patches in webkit, we recommend installing them as soon as possible. It fixes a bug in WebKit, Safari’s rendering engine, that may lead it to process maliciously crafted content to execute malicious code. The corruption issue in WebKit will be closed with these updates.

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