iOS 17 was only publicly released a few days ago, but Apple has already released the first update to the new software. iOS 17.0.1 is now live in an attempt to close the lid on recently discovered security flaws.
Though the latest update won’t add any new features, Apple promises a mix of bug fixes and important security updates. Those lucky enough to pick up the latest iPhone 15 and 15 Pro models seem to be even more at risk of security flaws, with a secondary iOS 17.0.2 update only available for those new devices.
Although Apple is purposely vague with its security patches to avoid tipping off bad actors to specific exploits, its patch notes suggest this latest issue is a kernel vulnerability affecting WebKit. This kind of issue can potentially be exploited by hackers, so although it’s unlikely that you’ll personally be targeted, updating quickly to fix these security holes is still a smart move.
Of course, if you haven’t upgraded to iOS 17 at all yet, this is a good chance to do so. There are a ton of new features to explore, and it works on all the same devices that could run iOS 16 last year!
How to install iOS 17.0.1 / 17.0.2
You can update by following the prompts in Settings > General > Software Update. Trigging the process manually is usually the fastest way to get the latest updates – automatic updates are staggered and sometimes don’t kick in for over a week after a new update drops.
Similar security updates have been released for iPadOS, watchOS, and macOS – so we’d recommend checking for updates on any other Apple devices you own as well.