Apple updated iOS 12 on Wednesday, over a year after the last update, to close a security flaw that had already been patched in more current OS updates. It’s worthwhile to upgrade if you’re still using an iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, or iPhone 6 Plus since Apple doesn’t typically release security patches for older versions of its software, so you know when one is released that there is a rather serious problem.
If you open a malicious website in Safari or another browser, the vulnerability corrected by iOS 12.5.6 could allow it to run unchecked code on your phone. Additionally, Apple claims that it’s probable that someone attempted to utilize this exploit anywhere in the world. Even though this kind of warning isn’t cause for alarm because the firm issues them frequently, it does suggest that you should generally proceed with caution until you upgrade your phone.
By heading to Settings > General > Software Update, you may download and install the update. Follow our guide on how to free up storage if your phone alerts you that you don’t have enough space to install the update. Some of the screens may look slightly different, but the fundamentals will remain largely the same.
A few more devices, including the original iPad Air, the iPad Mini 2 and 3, and the sixth-generation iPod Touch, are also compatible with the update. If you have any of those lying around, it would probably be a good idea to update them today.