Recommended to all users, this iOS 16.1.1 update contains fixes and improvements related to security.
Ahead of the launch of iOS 16.2, which is expected next month, Apple released a minor version of iOS 16.1.1 and iPadOS 16.1.1 with bug fixes and security updates. It is recommended for all devices running iOS 16. Although the release notes are vague, the patch is believed to fix two worrying issues. One affected some users’ ability to stay connected to Wi-Fi networks and the other impacted Apple’s SKAdNetwork, which “allows advertisers to measure ad success by assigning installs to campaigns.” specific advertisements.
Two security updates are also included in the release, but neither has been exploited. The first, discovered by Maddie Stone of the Google Zero project and named CVE-2022-40303, allows a remote user to unexpectedly cause the application to terminate or execute arbitrary code. It’s available for iPhone 8 and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 3rd generation and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 5th generation and later. The second, CVE-2022-40304, was discovered by Ned Williamson and Nathan Wachholz of Google’s Project Zero. It is described as follows: “A remote user may be able to cause the application to terminate unexpectedly or execute arbitrary code”. The fix is available for: iPhone 8 and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 3rd generation and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 5th generation and later.
To update to iOS 16.1.1, go to the Settings app, then General and Software Update. Press Download and Install and follow the instructions. A restart is required.