iOS 15.0.2 released with bug fixes for Photos, CarPlay, AirTag, and more

Apple has released iOS 15.0.2 and iPadOS 15.0.2 to all users. The update features a number of bug fixes for Photos deletion, iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe, AirTag connectivity, CarPlay disconnections, and device restore issues with iPhone 13.

iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 were released last month with new features like Live Text, Focus mode, improvements to apps like Weather, Photo, Wallet etc, new Memojis, and more.

iOS 15.0.2 iPadOS 15.0.2

iOS 15.0.2 fixes a number of bugs

The update is accompanied by release notes that mention a number of bug fixes focused on Photos being deleted from the library if the associated message was deleted, iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe not connecting to Find My App, AirTag not showing up in Find My app, CarPlay disconnecting during playback and device restore using Finder or iTunes for iPhone 13 models.

Here are the full release notes from Apple for iOS 15.0.2:

This update includes bug fixes for your iPhone:
– Photos saved to your library from Messages could be deleted after removing the associated thread or message
– iPhone Leather Wallet with MagSafe may not connect to Find My
– AirTag might not appear in the Find My Items tab
– CarPlay may fail to open audio apps or disconnect during playback
– Device restore or update may fail when using Finder or iTunes for iPhone 13 models

The update also fixes a security issue with IOMobileFrameBuffer that could allow attackers to execute code with kernel privileges. Apple notes that this flaw may have been actively exploited.

IOMobileFrameBuffer

Available for: iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation)

Impact: An application may be able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges. Apple is aware of a report that this issue may have been actively exploited.

Description: A memory corruption issue was addressed with improved memory handling.

CVE-2021-30883: an anonymous researcher

Which devices support iOS 15.0.2 and iPadOS 15.0.2?

  • iPhone 6s and later
  • iPad Pro (all models)
  • iPad Air 2 and later
  • iPad 5th generation and later
  • iPad mini 4 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

How to update to iOS 15.0.2?

Go to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to download the update. Your device should be connected to a stable Wi-Fi network and have at least 50% battery to update.

Apple still needs to fix more issues

Despite the two updates to iOS 15, including iOS 15.0.1 and this update, there are still a number of open issues that have been reported by users.

Apple is also beta testing iOS 15.1 at the moment, which contains a number of updates like ProRes support for iPhone 13 Pro, and a toggle to disable auto macro mode. There are also a bunch of delayed iOS 15 features like SharePlay and vaccine cards in Wallet that are part of this beta. Apple is also expected to fix more unresolved security issues in future updates.

If you are facing issues with iOS 15, follow our guides to fix common iOS 15 problems including battery drain, Wi-Fi issues, and Bluetooth issues.

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