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Apr 12, 2001

Apple today released iOS 14.8, marking the eighth major update to the iOS operating system that came out in September 2020. iOS 14.8 comes two months after the release of iOS 14.7, an update that introduced MagSafe Battery Pack support.


The iOS 14.8 update can be downloaded for free and the software is available on all eligible devices over-the-air in the Settings app. To access the new software, go to Settings > General > Software Update. Apple has also released a new version if iPadOS 14.

According to Apple's release notes, iOS 14.8 is a security-focused update that is recommended for all users. Apple's security support document outlines two major fixes that have been implemented for issues that Apple says may have been actively exploited.

There is a CoreGraphics bug that could allow a maliciously crafted PDF to lead to arbitrary code execution, as well as a WebKit vulnerability that could allow maliciously crafted web content to execute code.

iOS 14.8 could one of the final updates to the iOS 14 operating system as we're expecting the iOS 15 update to be released in just a couple of weeks, but Apple has said that it plans to allow people to keep using iOS 14 if they don't want to upgrade to iOS 15. For that reason, iOS 14 may continue to get small security updates over time, but new features will likely be limited to iOS 15.

Update 10:16 a.m.: Apple has also released watchOS 7.6.2 with similar security fixes for Apple Watch Series 3 and later.

Article Link: Apple Releases iOS 14.8 and iPadOS 14.8 With Security Updates
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macrumors 6502
May 27, 2004
It's not actually on apples support site yet:
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macrumors newbie
Jan 31, 2019
Odd, I was downloading it and then the Settings app crashed and my phone is up to date on 14.7.1 even after a reboot. Was it an accidental release?


macrumors 68020
Mar 15, 2009
Safe to say Apple won’t be releasing iOS 15 on Wednesday for the public like they did with iOS 14 last year lol


macrumors 6502
Sep 1, 2021
It's finally here!

So 14.8 then 14.8.x like 12.4.x then 12.5.x

I have a feeling the iOS 15.0 release will be similar to iOS 13.0 release... There will be iOS 15.1 just like iOS 13.1 back then... No iOS 15.0.1 like no iOS 13.0.1


macrumors 65816
Jun 7, 2011

This is the eighth feature update for iOS/iPadOS 14. Calling it the eight major version doesn't make much sense. The first digit represents the major version, the second digit represents the feature version and the last digit represents the minor aka hotfix version. This is quite common for software numbers.


Jun 30, 2007
Midwest USA
Safe to say Apple won’t be releasing iOS 15 on Wednesday for the public like they did with iOS 14 last year lol
If Xcode 13 is any guide, I'm guessing that iOS 15 has so many bugs that it won't release until Nov. So they need to get something out for people to talk about.
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