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Urgent Update Needed for Apple Devices

Apple has discovered devices such as:

  • iPhones
  • iPads
  • Macbooks
  • iMacs
  • Mac Minis
  • Apple watches

are vulnerable to a newly discovered exploit called


The vulnerability, which is being actively exploited, is in how the device’s graphics component loads images. 
The device owner simply needs to open a specially crafted iMessage with a .gif, .pdf, or other attachment, to trigger installation of the new malware. 

Once the malware is installed, the device is taken over.

The good news is…

Patches are now available, and if your device can perform the update, it is strongly recommended that you do so. 

Click the buttons below for device- specific directions on how to update and install the necessary patches.

AIT strongly recommends turning on automatic updates, whenever possible, to ensure your device stays updated and secure.

Use the steps below to turn on automatic updates on your Apple devices. 

For iPhones, iPad, and iPod Touches,

To enable automatic updates on iOS (iPhones, iPads, and Apple Watches) head to Settings > General > Software Update > Customize Automatic Updates.
Make sure the Download and Install toggles are turned on.
If they are, they will look like the image below:

For MacOS (MacBooks, iMacs, Mac Minis)

go to System Preferences > Software Update. Select the box to “Automatically keep my Mac up to date.” then hit the Advanced button and ensure all the boxes are checked:

If you need assistance updating,

please fill out the form below: