iOS 14.7.1 and macOS 11.5.1 include a bug repair and a safety repair
Enlarge / Apple CEO Craig Federighi introduced iOS 15 this summer. This version will be released later this year. Just a few days after the introduction of macOS 10.15 and iOS / iPadOS 14.7, Apple released a new software update for iPhones, iPads and Macs.
The updates don’t add any new features, but the iPhone update fixes a bug. From Apple’s release notes:
iOS 14.7.1 resolves an issue where iPhone models with Touch ID cannot use the Unlock with iPhone feature to unlock a paired Apple Watch. This update also provides critical security updates and is recommended for all users.
There are no changes listed for macOS other than security updates. And Apple lists the same security update for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. Here are the details of Apple’s support hub:
Available for: iPhone 6s and newer, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and newer, iPad 5th generation and newer, iPad mini 4 and newer and iPod touch (7th generation)
Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel rights. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.
Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed through improved memory management.
CVE-2021-30807: an anonymous researcher
Last week, Apple released software updates for all of its platforms, including iOS 14.7, iPadOS 14.7, and macOS 10.15. Among other things, iOS 14.7 has added support for the new MagSafe Battery Pack accessories, introduced a new function of the Apple Card Family for multiple users and made several small optimizations in the entire operating system. macOS 10.15 was a minor update that came a few days later; It just added a new way to sort shows in the Podcasts app and fixed some bugs.
Apple’s software releases tend to follow a common pattern. Top-level numbers like “iOS 13” or “iOS 13” are annual releases that introduce a number of important new features or changes. Then every update with a number after a decimal point (like iOS 14.7) adds at least one new feature and a handful of bug fixes. When you see another number after another decimal point – as in this case with iOS 14.7.1 – you usually see an update that targets a bug or two or security vulnerabilities but doesn’t add any new functionality.
Today’s follow-up software updates are available immediately for all supported devices.