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iOS 16.1.1 released – security updates and a Wi-Fi fix

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It wasn’t long ago that Apple released iOS 16.1 to the world, adding Shared iCloud Photo Library and Live Activities (among other things) into the mix. But Apple has already dropped its next software update, iOS 16.1.1, to address some issues that just couldn’t wait.

Specifcally, iOS 16.1.1 fixes a prevalent Wi-Fi bug that caused random network dropouts for some users. If you’ve had trouble with your home internet connectivity lately, grab the update and see if it helps – it’s possible your iPhone was the problem!

There are also two important security patches included with the update. Apple doesn’t usually go into too much detail with these to avoid giving hackers ideas, but it’s been reported that both of the vulnerabilities plugged could potentially allow a remote user to “cause unexpected app termination or arbitrary code execution.” That last part is especially scary, so although regular users are very rarely targeted by this kind of thing, it’s probably in your best interest to update.

Finally, Apple fixed its ability to measure the success of ad campaigns, which was briefly impacted. Big whoop.

Remember, you can update by following the prompts in Settings > General > Software Update. Even if you have automatic updates enabled, trigging the process manually is usually the fastest way to get the latest updates.

Meanwhile, iPadOS 16 also launched in the past couple of weeks, so be sure to check that out if you haven’t already. And don’t forget we released iOS 16: The Unofficial Guide as a standalone PDF download you can use (or gift) to stay on top of all the latest features.