Should You Upgrade to iOS 9.3.3, a Security Patch? Take a Look!

By Abhinaya Prabhu

    It is obvious that the iOS users are eagerly awaiting the roll out of the iOS 10 update to experience the new features on their devices, Apple has quietly rolled out the iOS 9.3.3 update to the devices. This update brings some performance improvements and bug fixes as well.

    Should You Upgrade to iOS 9.3.3, a Security Patch? Take a Look!

    The iOS 9.3.3 is available for free for the iPhone, iPad as well as iPod models that run on iOS 9 and this includes the outdated models such as iPad mini, iPad 2 and iPhone 4s too. The update is available as an OTA on the compatible devices.

    iOS 9.3.3 Update

    By saying OTA, we mean that you can get the update by heading on to Settings → General → Software Update or from iTunes on both PC or Mac. Notably, the iOS 9.3.2 update that was rolled out in May allegedly bricked many iPad Pro units and the company has come up with this one to rectify it.

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    The iOS 9.3.3 is expected to be the final version of the iOS 9 platform as the iOS 10 will be rolled out sometime in September. This minor update will bring no new features and it is claimed to be a security patch.

    Should You Upgrade to iOS 9.3.3, a Security Patch? Take a Look!

    Features it Brings

    As per the iOS 9.3.3 security page, the update will bring patches for the following.

    • Calendar: Hackers used to force devices to restart from this app.
    • CoreGraphics: It was possible to remotely run an executable file.
    • FaceTime: A vulnerability that gives ongoing access to mic audio.
    • Safari: Malicious websites could exploit the device with this.
    • Siri: User contacts could be accessed without permission.

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    There are other privacy enhancements such as major ones to the Private Browsing mode on Safari where the video playback URLs were accessible to others previously. Now, it has been made private. The usual performance improvements are not to be missed.

    Should You Upgrade to iOS 9.3.3, a Security Patch? Take a Look!

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    Should You Upgrade to iOS 9.3.3

    It is clear that the iOS 9.3.3 seems to be responsible and dull and a security patch. It will not bring any outward changes to the devices. There are some feedback from users such as issues related to battery drain, syncing, Touch ID, Live Photos, and logins. But, there are no widespread reports about any issues following the update.

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