iOS 16.2 Vs iOS 15.7.2—Here’s Which iPhone Update To Choose
Last week Apple released iOS 16.2 and iOS 15.7.2. While iOS 16.2 comes with a bunch of brilliant new featuresboth iPhone updates fix multiple security issues.
A number of factors will help you decide whether to update to iOS 16.2 or 15.7.2, but it’s important to know that you will need to upgrade to one of them. That’s because both updates fix several major security vulnerabilities—one of which is being used in real-life attacks.
So now we’ve established you need to update to either iOS 16.2 or iOS 15.7.2, which iPhone update should you choose?
The case for iOS 15.7.2
The case for iOS 15.7.2 is very straightforward. Until now, you were able to update to the latest version of iOS 15 while staying secure, no matter which iPhone model you had. That’s because Apple has been supporting its older operating system with security updates as it does every year for a certain period.
The list of models iOS 15.7.2 is available for is as follows: iPhone 6s (all models), iPhone 7 (all models), iPhone SE (1st generation), iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later, and iPod touch (7th generation).
If you have one of these iPhone models that can’t run iOS 16, upgrading to iOS 15.7.2 is a no-brainer. The iPhone update fixes 17 security vulnerabilities, one of which is being used in real-life attacks.
Tracked as CVE-2022-42856, this security issue—in the WebKit engine that powers Apple’s Safari browser—could allow an attacker to execute code on your device. Although the flaw fixed in iOS 15.7.2 is likely targeted against a small subset of iPhone users, it’s possible other attackers could get hold of the details and use it more widely. For this reason, I recommend updating older iPhones as soon as you can.
The case for iOS 16.2
The case for iOS 16.2 is also fairly straightforward. The same important security issue in iOS 15.7.2 was fixed in Apple’s previous iOS 16 update, iOS 16.1.2. If you haven’t updated to this one yet, it’s a good idea to do so straight away.
In addition to the issue fixed in iOS 16.1.2, iOS 16.2 fixes a further 35 security vulnerabilitiessome of which are serious. Six of the security issues addressed in iOS 16.2 are in the Kernel at the heart of the iPhone operating system, with a further nine in WebKit that could allow the attacker to execute code. Chaining some of these security flaws together could even allow an adversary to gain control of an iPhone remotely, so it’s a good idea to apply iOS 16.2 when you get a chance.
If you are really against iOS 16.2, you must update to iOS 16.1.2 to protect your iPhone from the flaw already being used in attacks. However, I’d recommend just going straight to iOS 16.2 to keep your iPhone as safe as possible.
The iPhone upgrade also comes with some great new security features, including end-to-end encryption for iCloud.
iOS 16 is available for all iPhones from the iPhone 8 and above.
iOS 16.2 or iOS 15.7.2: It depends on the iPhone model you have
Unlike previous iOS 15 updates since September, the choice between iOS 15.7.2 and iOS 16.2 comes down to which iPhone model you have. If you own an iPhone 8 or above and haven’t updated yet, it’s probably time to update to iOS 16.2.
However, if you have an older iPhone, you’ll want to apply iOS 15.7.2 as soon as possible to keep your device safe.
For iOS 15.7.2 or iOS 16.2, go to your iPhone Settings> General> Software Update and follow the prompts to download and install the software there.