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iOS 12.4.2 – security update for older devices

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If you have a relatively new device, you’re able to experience everything Apple has to offer with its recent releases of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13.

However, there are still a great many users out there with devices that aren’t compatible with the latest and greatest software. If you’re one of them, don’t worry – Apple hasn’t forgotten about you.

Out of the blue, a minor update for iOS 12 has surfaced. Though it won’t grant access to new features like Dark Mode, it will offer up crucial security enhancements and bug fixes for older devices.

But what do we mean by “older devices,” exactly? Well, there’s a sweet spot of iPhones and iPads new enough to run iOS 12 last year, but not quite powerful enough for iOS 13 and iPadOS compatibility.

You’re eligible for this iOS 12.4.2 update if you have an iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPad mini (2nd or 3rd generation), or iPad Air (first generation).

As with all updates, open the Settings app on your device and head to General followed by Software Update.

Though Apple hasn’t announced which specific issues it has fixed with iOS 12.4.2, we always recommend you grab these type of updates as soon as possible to ensure you’re covered against any recently discovered vulnerabilities.