Apple released iOS 15.0.2 as the latest update for compatible iPhone and iPod touch models – less than a few weeks after introducing iOS 15.0.1. iPad users also received iPadOS 15.0.2 as a new update following the release of iPadOS 15.0.1 earlier this month. The updates fix a well-known bug that caused photos saved in the photo library from messages to disappear. Apple also released watchOS 8.0.1 for Apple Watch users. It aims to fix some bugs that affect Apple Watch 3 users in particular.
iOS 15.0.2: What’s New?
Apple’s iOS 15.0.2 is the second software update after iOS 15 that Apple introduced last month, and is the first version after the iOS 15.0.1 update that fixed an issue with unlocking an iPhone using the Apple Watch. The latest update essentially aims to fix bugs affecting iPhone and iPod touch users. According to Apple’s release notes, iOS 15.0.2 fixes the bug that caused photos saved from messages in the photo library to disappear after the related message or thread was deleted. It was discovered by some users soon after iOS 15 was released.
The iOS 15.0.2 update also fixes an issue that resulted in the iPhone Leather Wallet using MagSafe not connecting to Find My. It also fixes a bug that resulted in AirTag not showing up in the Find My Items tab.
Apple also fixed an issue that resulted in CarPlay Audio apps not opening or disconnecting while playing. Especially for users of the iPhone 13 models, the update fixes a bug that causes the device to restore or update to fail when using Finder or iTunes.
The iOS 15.0.2 update also contains a security fix for a zero-day vulnerability that allowed attackers to “execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges,” the company announced on its security page. The vulnerability was identified as CVE-2021-30883. Apple said it was aware of a report that the issue may have been actively exploited. The fix is intended for iPhone 6s and newer and iPod touch (7th generation).
iPadOS 15.0.2: What’s new?
Just like previous iPadOS versions, iPadOS 15.0.2 is similar to iOS 15.0.2 in terms of the changes it brings for iPad users. The update, which is the second update since the iPadOS 15 was released, also fixes the bug where photos stored in the library were deleted from messages after the related thread or message was removed. The iPadOS 15.0.2 update – like iOS 15.0.2 – fixes the issue that resulted in AirTag not showing up on the Find My Items tab. Additionally, there is a solution to the problem where the device restore and update operations failed while using Finder or iTunes on the new iPad mini aka iPad mini (6th generation).
The iPadOS 15.0.2 also contains the fix for the zero-day vulnerability that could allow a hacker to gain kernel access to your iPad by executing arbitrary code.
watchOS 8.0.1: What’s new?
Apple’s watchOS 8.0.1 is the first update to watchOS 8 released alongside iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 last month. It fixes some bugs related to the Apple Watch Series 3. One of these bugs caused the software update progress to be inaccurate for some Apple Watch Series 3 users. The second bug affected some Apple Watch Series 3 users because the accessibility settings were not showing.
iOS 15.0.2, iPadOS 15.0.2, watchOS 8.0.1: How do I download it?
You can download iOS 15.0.2 to your iPhone or iPod touch model that works with iOS 15. Similarly, iPadOS 15.0.2 is for iPad models that can be upgraded to iPadOS 15. Both new iOS and iPadOS updates can be downloaded from go to settings > Generally > Software update from the device.
For watchOS 8.0.2, make sure your Apple Watch is compatible with watchOS 8. You can download the update, if it’s compatible, by going to the My Watch tab in the Watch app on your connected Apple device. Alternatively, you can download the update directly from your Apple Watch by clicking settings > Generally > Software update from the device.
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