Apple warns of security flaw for iPhones, iPads and Macs – Daily Mail

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Apple on Wednesday announced that it has uncovered serious security vulnerabilities in its iPhones, iPads and Macs, and recommended all users update their software to block potential intrusion.
The software flaws could potentially allow attackers to take complete control of these devices, Apple said in two security reports.
The company said it is ‘aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.’
The two vulnerabilities were found in WebKit, the browser engine that powers Safari and other apps, and the kernel, essentially the core of the operating system. 
TechCrunch said the flaw means a hacker could gain full access to the device. 
Security experts have advised users to update affected devices – the iPhones 6S and later models; several models of the iPad, including the 5th generation and later, all iPad Pro models and the iPad Air 2; and Mac computers running MacOS Monterey.
The vulnerability also affects some iPod models.
Apple on Wednesday announced that it had uncovered security flaws in its iPhones, Macs and iPads
Apple is urging people to update their software as soon as possible following a security flaw with many iPads, Macs and iPhones that could allow hackers to take complete control of the devices.
iPads (pictured) are also affected by the security breach 
Apple is urging all users of its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers to update their software to block potential intrusion
iOS and iPadOS = version 15.6.1
MacOS = version 12.5.1
tvOS = version 15.6
watchOS for Apple Watch Series 3 =  version 8.7.1
watchOS for Apple Watch Series 4, 5, SE, 6, and 7 = version 8.7
Apple said the WebKit bug could be exploited if a vulnerable device accessed or processed ‘maliciously crafted web content [that] may lead to arbitrary code execution’.
The second bug allows a malicious application ‘to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges,’ which means full access to the device. 
The two flaws are believed to be related. 
Apple’s explanation of the vulnerability means a hacker could get ‘full admin access to the device’ so that they can ‘execute any code as if they are you, the user,’ said Rachel Tobac, CEO of SocialProof Security.
Those who should be particularly attentive to updating their software are ‘people who are in the public eye’ such as activists or journalists who might be the targets of sophisticated nation-state spying, Tobac said.
Apple has not commented on the flaws, besides warning people they had been detected. 
However, Jake Moore, Global Cybersecurity Advisor at ESET Internet Security, told MailOnline that they could potentially allow hackers to take complete control of devices.
‘If exploited, attackers would be able to see your location, read messages, view contacts lists and potentially even access the microphone and camera – all the things you don’t want to have out there,’ he said.
Brian Higgins, security specialist at Comparitech, added that it was very rare for Apple to go public with a security announcement like this, meaning everyone should take the threat seriously and update as soon as they are able. 
‘The big risk in publicising a major vulnerability is that now every cyber criminal on the planet knows it exists and Apple users are in a race to update their devices before they can be infected,’ he said.
‘If Apple think it’s so serious that they need to go public then if you haven’t already installed iOS 15.6.1 you need to go and do it right now.’
However Sam Curry, Chief Security Officer at Cybereason, urged users not to panic.
‘While the vulnerability could allow threat actors to take full control of a device, stay calm and simply get control of your devices and download the software updates available from Apple. Do that and move on.’ 
Many Apple device users have taken to social media to encourage others to download the latest update, and criticise Apple for not fixing the issue sooner.
‘If @Apple says you better install the new security update, you better INSTALL THE NEW SECURITY UPDATE!’ wrote one Twitter user.
‘If you’re on an iPhone install iOS 15.6.1 ASAP. It patches major security vulnerabilities. How major? Like bad enough for a remote user to execute code with kernel-level access. That’s really bad,’ wrote another.
‘”A zero day vulnerability”. That’s a weird way of saying “patching a known vulnerability for over two years, due to a security researcher publishing the exploit due to Apple’s inaction fixing the issue”,’ wrote another. 

Many Apple device users have taken to social media to encourage others to download the latest update
Apple’s iPhone 13s are pictured on display in September 2021
The flaw was detected as it emerged that Apple is considering producing its Apple Watch and MacBook in Vietnam for the first time, in a move that would lessen the company’s dependence on China amid rising international tensions.
Apple’s key suppliers for the watches and laptops have started test production in northern Vietnam, Nikkei Asia reported on Tuesday, citing people familiar with the matter.
It follows weeks of escalated rhetoric from Beijing following Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s visit this month to Taiwan, the self-governed island that China claims as its territory. 
Apple, the biggest company in the US, has long been dependent on Chinese factories. 
But according to the new report, its Chinese supplier Luxshare Precision Industry and Taiwan-based Foxconn are exploring the new production lines in Vietnam.
In 2016, Apple struck a $275 billion deal with Chinese authorities – which allowed the tech giant to grow most of its operations in the county while also doing ‘its part to develop China’s economy and technological prowess through investments, business deals and worker training.’  
Apple CEO Tim Cook is seen in a visit to an overseas supplier. The company is considering shifting more production to Vietnam to lessen its dependence on China
Taiwan-based Foxconn is one of the suppliers exploring the new production lines in Vietnam
Pelosi is pictured above on her Taiwan visit, walking next to Legislative Yuan Vice President Tsai Chi-chang
Although its unclear how much of the $275 billion contributed to product manufacturing and development, the 2016 deal proved how much California-based Apple relied upon China for its business. 
The five-year agreement, forged by CEO Tim Cook, would have expired last year, according to The Information. It’s unclear if this new move to Vietnam is in response to the agreement’s supposed end. 
Apple began diversifying its production in Vietnam in 2020, when it began to shift production of their highly-popular AirPods there.
Since then, Apple has also expanded production of iPads in the Southeast Asian country. 
The number of Apple suppliers with facilities in Vietnam has increased to at least 22 from just 14 in 2018, according to Nikkei Asia. 
Employees work on the assembly line at Hon Hai Group’s Foxconn plant in Shenzhen, China
Apple also started manufacturing the iPhone 13 in India this year, and is also planning to assemble iPad tablets in the region. 
It marks a change in strategy for Apple, which for decades has relied on factories in China for nearly all of its production needs.
But iPhones – which are Apple’s most valuable products and have created the most profit for the company since 2008 – are still mainly being manufactured in China. 
In 2022 alone, more than 50 percent of Apple’s revenue was generated from iPhone sales. 
But as time goes on, tensions have only increased between authorities in the US and an increasingly belligerent Beijing. 
India, the world’s second-biggest smartphone market, along with countries such as Mexico and Vietnam are becoming increasingly important to contract manufacturers supplying American brands, as they try to diversify production away from China.
Apple targets September 7 for launch of iPhone 14, three Apple Watch models and new iPads but firm may raise iPhone prices by 15 percent compared with previous model
Apple is aiming to hold its next launch event on September 7 to unveil the iPhone 14 line – as well as low-end and high-end iPads, and three new Apple Watch models – people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg.
The Cupertino-based tech giant is revamping its flagship product – and potentially increasing its price – during a time of high inflation as its Silicon Valley peers Google and Meta face advertising pullbacks, users defecting to other platforms and regulatory headwinds.
Even so, the iPhone accounts for more than half of Apple’s sales and sales were better than analysts expected for the quarter that ended June 25. Apple’s total revenue rose 2 percent to $83 billion in that quarter – with the iPhone accounting for $40.7 billion of that. 
Apple is aiming to hold its next launch event on September 7 to unveil the iPhone 14 line people with knowledge of the matter told Bloomberg
Although the iPhone accounts for more than half of Apple’s sales, the tech giant is going to introduce three new Apple Watch models 
Bloomberg reports that some retails store employees have been told to prepare for a major new product release on Sept. 16, as the company usually releases the new iPhone in stores about a week and a half after it’s unveiled. 
Although Apple is famously tight-lipped about new releases, here’s what we know from company watchers and rumors regarding the iPhone 14.
As always, the camera is a key focal point for the millions of iPhone users looking to upgrade. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, there will be dramatic improvements to the iPhone’s front-facing camera that include better auto-focus features. In addition, Kuo says the rear camera will be upgraded to 48 megapixels from the 12-megapixel sensor in iPhone 12. 
Kuo revealed last week that it’s likely that the average selling price of the iPhone 14 lineup as a whole will increase by about 15 percent compared with the iPhone 13 lineup. In the U.S., the iPhone 13 Pro starts at $999 and the iPhone 13 Pro Max starts at $1,099. 
Kuo revealed last week that it’s likely that the average selling price of the iPhone 14 lineup as a whole will increase by about 15 percent compared with the iPhone 13 lineup
9to5Mac and analyst Ross Young have both said that the new models will be slightly larger in size – with the iPhone 14 Pro running at 6.12′ and the iPhone 14 Pro Max at 6.69′. That compares with 6.06′ and 6.68′ for the previous models
A 15 percent increase would raise the cost to $1,148.85 and $1,263.85, respectively, however it should be pointed out that we don’t know the exact price for the new models yet. Price increases could be a result of inflation or the new features that will be included in the iPhone 14 lineup.
9to5Mac and analyst Ross Young have both said that the new models will be slightly larger in size – with the iPhone 14 Pro running at 6.12′ and the iPhone 14 Pro Max at 6.69′. That compares with 6.06′ and 6.68′ for the previous models. 
The biggest change as far as appearance – again according to Kuo – is the removal of the notch cutout at the top of the phone. That area is where Apple houses sensors for things like Face ID, as well as the infrared camera, the speaker, microphone, front camera, ambient light sensor and proximity sensor. 
9to5Mac reports that Apple will replace the notch with a new ‘pill hole’ design that will allow the company to have room for the front-facing camera and Face ID hardware, while still upping the amount of available screen real estate.  
For the tech-savvy, the iPhone 14 lineups is expected to mark a big change in how Apple updates the models’ processors. Analysts expect the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max to have the company’s new A16 chip, while the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Max will keep the same A15 chip that’s inside the iPhone 13 lineup.
How to protect yourself from the Apple security flaw affecting iPhones, iPads and Macs – after experts warn hackers could track your location, read your messages, view your contacts and even access your microphone and camera
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