Your Outdated iPhone May Still Get Security Updates

Apple just released iOS version 12.5.5 for various older iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices. Surprising as it may seem, Apple actually released an update for iOS 12 back in June, so the company is regularly pushing security updates for older devices.

Which Devices Get iOS 12.5.5?

Apple is pushing the latest iOS 12 update for a variety of devices. Here’s the complete list of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices that can download the critical security update right now:

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Your Outdated iPhone May Still Get Security Updates

All of these older Apple devices were unable to upgrade to iOS 13 and beyond. However, it appears as though Apple hasn’t completely given up on them, as the company releasing iOS 12.5.5 is a sign that Apple still cares about people who prefer to hold on to their older devices.

What Does iOS 12.5.5 Offer?

Apple has long ago stopped providing new features to the devices listed above, so this update is strictly designed to bring performance fixes to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices.

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In the patch notes, Apple says, “This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.” In other words, if you own one of these devices, you’re going to want to take the time to make sure you’re up to date. After all, you don’t want to leave your phone and all the precious information contained within open to attacks.


The specific issues involve CoreGraphics, WebKit, and XNU. These are all critical services running on iOS devices, and this update patches vulnerabilities in them.

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