iOS 15.3.1 issues – WebKit and braille displays iPhone issues fixed

WatchOS 8.4.2 has also released publicly

iOS 15.3.1 issues

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Another day, another iOS security update, and it’s quite a serious one with iPadOS 15.3.1 and iOS 15.3.1 issues fix. There were two serious faults with iOS 15.3, the first allowed malicious users to exploit WebKit, a rendering engine used in Safari and other popular web browsers, to create custom web pages in iOS 15.3 and iPadOS 15.3 to exploit users data. The second affected blocked the use of external braille displays iPhone, an accessory visually challenged iPhone owners use to carry out day-to-day tasks.

The relevant Apple support page mentions the WebKit issue which was picked up by an anonymous researcher, which tells us this issue was found externally. This also means this issue may have already been exploited, although we’d be hard-pressed to get Apple to admit such a thing.

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Compatible devices

The main thing to take away from the iOS 15.3.1 issues fix is that big issues are being spotted and fixed with a reasonable turnaround. iOS 15.3 release at the beginning of Feburary, to around ten days into a public release is quite good timing. 

The iPad OS 15.3.1 and iOS 15.3.1 issues fix is available for the following devices:

  • 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)

WatchOS 8.4.1 has been released too

Whilst WatchOS 8.5 is now in beta, WatchOS 8.4.1 has already been released alongside the iPad OS 15.3.1 and iOS 15.3.1 issues. With a build number of 19S553, we can assume that this update is to also patch up a found security flaw.

How to get iPad OS and iOS 15.3.1 issues fix

Some users already have automatic updates enabled, which means iPhones and iPads with this setting enabled will have the iPad OS and iOS 15.3.1 update installed already. If not, don’t worry about it. Make sure the compatible iPhone and iPad are over 50% charged and plugged into its charger and complete the following steps.

Locate the Settings app and go to General > Software Update. If the update has not been installed, it will show up in this menu. A push notification should also appear confirming the iPad OS and iOS 15.3.1 issues fix but don’t worry if not.

Tap the Download button then select ‘Install’. They’ll be a series of on-screen instructions to complete including entering your device passcode and agreeing to some terms and conditions. Finish the process by tapping ‘Install Now’, which will surprisingly start the installation process.

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Christian 'Reggie' Waits' is a contributor to PC Guide, having written a wide array of how to and buying guide content.