If you're the owner of an older iPhone model it might be wise to update your device today—as Apple has released a major security update to fix an emergency issue.

The tech giant has released a new security patch for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and the 6th gen iPod Touch after it discovered a serious flaw in the system.

Users of these devices are being urged to install the iOS 12.5.6 update after a researcher discovered a major bug that could see your data stolen or manipulated.

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The problem is so serious that Apple decided to release the update despite it not usually releasing updates for these old devices.

Although Apple has remained vague on the details, it said in the security update patch that: "Processing maliciously crafted web content may lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited."

In plain English, what Apple is referring to is a vulnerability which means that if you accidentally ended up on a dodgy website, your iPhone could be instantly compromised along with your data. That's why it's really important to check your Settings app for updates now.

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To install the update, open the Settings app, tap 'General', then 'Software Update' to install. Just make sure your device is plugged in and connected to WiFi to avoid wasting data or battery.

Apple has announced a major launch event on September 7. The tech firm is widely expected to announce the new iPhone 14 as well as a spate of other products which could include iPads and AirPods.

Everything is speculation at this point, but leaks from previously reliable sources have suggested the firm could ditch the 'notch' design on the screen.


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