Apple has released iOS 14.8 and iPadOS 14.8 for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The update features security fixes and Apple recommends that all users update immediately. At the time of writing, Apple has not shared details of the security fixes.
What’s new in iOS 14.8 and iPadOS 14.8?
The last software update for iPhone and iPad was iOS 14.7.1 and iPadOS 14.7.1, respectively. This update fixed an issue with Apple Watch not unlocking iPhone models with Touch ID and also patched the vulnerability exploited by NSO’s spyware Pegasus. The last major update was iOS 14.7 and iPadOS 14.7, which featured support for MagSafe Battery Pack, multiple timers on HomePod via the Home app, Apple Card Family merge, and various fixes for Podcast and Mail apps.
This new software update, iOS 14.8 and iPadOS 14.8, includes important security fixes, and the company has recommended that all users update to it. The update fixes security flaws in CoreGraphics and WebKit, which could lead to arbitrary code execution. Apple says that these security flaws had been actively exploited, so make sure to update your device as soon as possible.
The CoreGraphics flaw specifically could allow hackers to bypass iMessage’s BlastDoor sandbox in iOS 14 using a malicious PDF. BlastDoor was created to protect iMessage from 0-click and brute force attacks.
Does your iPhone support iOS 14.8?
iOS 14.8 can be installed on the following devices:
- iPhone 6s and later
- iPod touch (7th generation)
- iPad Pro (all models)
- iPad Air 2 and later
- iPad 5th generation and later
- iPad mini 4 and later
If you already have iOS 13 or later installed on your iPhone or iPad, you can easily upgrade to the new version.
How to upgrade to iOS 14.8?
Using Software Update
Before you start, make sure that your device has at least 50% battery charge and is connected to a reliable Wi-Fi network. Go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and wait for the update to show up. Once it appears, tap on the download button and let the update download and your device restart. The update might take some time depending on your Internet connection speed and device.
Using Finder or iTunes and IPSW files
Another method of upgrade to iOS 14.8 is by connecting your iPhone or iPad to your Mac or Windows PC using a cable. Once connected, open the Files app (in macOS) or iTunes (in Windows), and download the new software update. You can also download the IPSW file (updating) using the links below for your device, and use the Files app or iTunes to restore it to your iPhone or iPad.
iOS 14.8 IPSW files
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS
- iPhone 11, iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8, iPhone 7
- iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPod touch (7th generation)
iPadOS 14.8 IPSW files
- 11-in. iPad Pro (3rd generation), 12.9-in. iPad Pro (5th generation)
- 11-in. iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-in. iPad Pro (4th generation)
- 11-in. iPad Pro (1st generation), 12.9-in. iPad Pro (3rd generation)
- 10.5-in. iPad Pro (1st generation), 12.9-in. iPad Pro (2nd generation)
- iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation)
- iPad mini (5th generation), iPad Air (3rd generation)
- 10.2-in. iPad (7th and 8th generations)
- iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2
- 9.7-in. iPad Pro (1st generation)
- 12.9-in. iPad Pro (1st generation)
- macOS Big Sur 11.6 released with two important security fixes
- watchOS 7.6.2 released with important security fix