iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5: Important security update for iPhone and iPad


Apple fixes some bugs on iPhone and iPad with iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5. Critical security gaps are also patched.


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With iOS 16.5, Apple is providing the next major update for iPhones. iPadOS 16.5 is also an update for iPads. While a number of new emojis were recently introduced with iOS 16.4, the current version is mainly limited to bug fixes and contains a whole series of security-related updates.

You won’t find any new functions in the release notes, but the new content is a “Pride Fest” background for the lock screen. In addition, problems in Spotlight and CarPlay have been fixed. Also fixed an issue where Screen Time settings were being reset or not syncing.

Critical Vulnerabilities

More important, however, are the security updates that Apple is making with iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5. A total of 39 vulnerabilities lists Apple, which will be closed with the update. Some of these could allow private information to be accessed or malicious code to run on the device.

Of particular relevance are three vulnerabilities in Webkit that Apple has indications have already been exploited. It is therefore advisable to run the update as soon as possible in order not to make the device further vulnerable. Two of these webkit gaps also appear in iOS 15 and are closed accordingly with iOS 15.7.6 and iPadOS 15.7.6.

Updates also for other devices

In addition to the iOS and iPadOS update, Apple has also released new firmware versions for other devices. There is watchOS 9.5 for the Apple Watch, tvOS 16.5 for Apple TVs and new versions of macOS Big Sur, Monterey and Ventura as well as Safari 16.5. Here, too, numerous security gaps are closed, including the critical Webkit gaps mentioned.

19.5.2023 von Gabriele Fischl

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