How do I patch my ipad for Melt­down or Spec­tre?

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QI have an ipad 2 that meets my needs and works well. It uses IOS 9.3.5, which is the lat­est soft­ware for this ipad. I reg­u­larly browse the in­ter­net and use apps that go on­line. So, in light of the Melt­down and Spec­tre ex­ploits you’ve cov­ered, should I dis­card my ipad 2 and buy a more up-to-date model for bet­ter pro­tec­tion?

I find your mag­a­zine very in­ter­est­ing by the way – a great job! Bob Cy­clist

AThanks Bob. Melt­down and Spec­tre af­fect pro­ces­sors rather than spe­cific brands or de­vices, so an un­patched Ap­ple ipad is in the­ory ev­ery bit as vul­ner­a­ble as a Win­dows PC. We say ‘the­o­ret­i­cally’ be­cause, so far as any­one knows, no one in the real world has yet ex­ploited th­ese flaws.

Both can be fixed by hard­ware or soft­ware up­dates, or both. How­ever, as we’ve men­tioned pre­vi­ously in th­ese pages, not all man­u­fac­tur­ers will is­sue fixes for all de­vices. Any ipad run­ning IOS 11.2 or later is safe. How­ever, at the time of writ­ing, Ap­ple has not in­di­cated that the ipad 2 will move be­yond IOS 9.3.5. That means your de­vice is in­deed at risk (specif­i­cally to Melt­down, be­cause it has an ARM pro­ces­sor).

We should stress that Ap­ple is hardly alone here but it is up to the com­pany whether or not to up­date its soft­ware for older de­vices. That sit­u­a­tion might change, so keep an eye on its sup­port page at www.snipca.com/27407.

Ipads run­ning IOS 11.2 or later are safe from the Melt­down and Spec­tre flaws

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