iOS 14.7.1 Fixes Unlock With iPhone & Brings Security Update
Apple has released iOS 14.7.1 build number 18G82, with a fix for the unlock Apple Watch with iPhone bug! It’s a minor but very important update because it also includes a patch for a Security Vulnerability that might have been actively exploited in the wild.
iOS 14.7.1 has been pushed exactly one week after the rollout of iOS 14.7 and is most likely one of the last updates before the public release of iOS 15, expected this fall.
iOS 14.7.1 Download
- This latest release is available over-the-air in Settings -> General -> Software Update.
- All that you have to do is tap on Download and Install, provide your Passcode and agree with Apple’s terms.
- Be patient until the 128.9 MB large iOS 14.7.1 update file is downloaded and prepared for update.
- Tap Install Now. The update will be verified and installed on your device.
iPhone automatically reboots to mark the end of the process.
iOS 14.7.1 Features
According to release notes there aren’t any new features included in this update. Apple confirms that an issue is fixed “where iPhone models with Touch ID cannot unlock a paired Apple Watch using the Unlock with iPhone feature.”
iOS 14.7.1 Security Update
The release notes also mention “important security updates” which means that all users are recommended to update.
According to a new support document that addresses the security content of iOS 14.7.1 an IOMobileFrameBuffer vulnerability could have been exploited by an application that could have been able to execute arbitrary code with kernel privileges.
Affected devices include all iOS 14 compatible iPhone models as well as iPad models including iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th generation and later, iPad mini 4 and later.
Fix: The security vulnerability caused by a memory corruption issue, has been patched by improving memory handling.
iOS 14.7.1 Problems
No new bugs have been reported for iOS 14.7.1 yet.
If you encounter any issues after updating don’t hesitate to use the comments section and share your feedback.
We will try to replicate and fix any problems.
Related: macOS Big Sur 11.5.1 as well as watchOS 7.6.1 have been released alongside iOS 14.7.1 with similar security fixes!
After the automatic update 14.7.1 my iphone 12 Pro Max will not unlock or power off.
Are the Volume buttons working? Does the volume bar show up when you click Volume Up or Volume Down?
After my iPhone updated over night now my screen is unresponsive I did a soft reset and took it to my carrier last step is apple but this is ridiculous.
Thanks for reporting Alex. We’ve got a similar report with an iPhone 12 mini that became unresponsive after the iOS 15 Beta 5 update:
However, in that specific case a force restart was enough to fix it. Keep us updated please. I am curious what fix Apple will provide for this. Fingers crossed!