New security vulnerabilities cause Apple to release patch that should be installed immediately

Apple's iPhones on display
The zero-day vulnerabilities may have been actively exploited. Photo credit: Getty Images

Owners of Apple iPhones, iPads, Macbooks and iMacs are being urged to ensure their software is up to date after the tech giant revealed security flaws in its last major update.

MacOS Monterey 12.5.1, iOS 15.6.1 and iPadOS 15.6.1 have all been released to patch zero-day vulnerabilities in the current versions.

Zero-day flaws are those that are identified by attackers and researchers before the software creator knows about them and can patch them. Often exploits already exist as proof-of-concepts or have been used in attacks before being fixed.

If you own an iPhone, iPad or Mac you should have had a pop-up message telling you to update the software, but if you haven't you can update manually. Here's how:

How to update your iPhone or iPad:

Open 'Settings', select 'General', select 'Software Update'.

How to update your Mac:

Open 'System preferences', select 'Software Update'.

Apple's release notes said the updates include fixes to address kernel and WebKit vulnerabilities that could allow code to be executed on a user's phone without their knowledge.

The company said it was aware the vulnerabilities may have been actively exploited, hence the need to immediately.

The next generation of Apple's software iOS and iPadOS 16 as well as MacOS Ventura are due to be released over the next couple of months, with all currently in beta testing.

Earlier this week it was reported Apple's new iPhone 14 models are due to be unveiled on September 8th, with public sales later in the month.

New iPads are also expected, but might not be revealed until October, with new iMacs, Macbooks and AirPods also expected before the end of the year.