Meltdown and Spectre: All Mac devices affected says Apple


Apple has said that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by two major flaws in computer chips. It emerged this week that tech companies have been racing to fix the Meltdown and Spectre bugs that could allow hackers to steal data. But it advised downloading software only from trusted sources to avoid "malicious" apps. But the Meltdown and Spectre flaws are found in all modern computer processing units - or microchips - made by Intel and ARM, and together the firms supply almost the entire global computer market. "These issues apply to all modern processors and affect nearly all computing devices and operating systems." Apple said it had already released "mitigations" against Meltdown in its latest iPhones and iPad operating system update - iOS 11.2 and the macOS 10.12.2 for its MacBooks and iMacs. As part of an update by Google, the firm said its Android phones - which make up more than 80% of the global market - were protected if users had the latest security updates.

And Microsoft has already released fixes for many of its services.