Anyone with an iPhone needs to update today – it's dangerous if you don't

IPHONE fans are being urged to update their devices after Apple on Tuesday rolled out a major software update.

The free upgrade to the iOS operating system adds a handful of useful new features as well as some vital security tweaks.

What's new in iOS 15.2?

Among the tools added to iPhones worldwide is Apple's long-awaited App Privacy Report, which is available in your settings.

It gives users an overview of what information their apps have access to and what they're sharing.

For instance, the report shows the number of times an app has accessed your location, photos, camera, microphone, contacts and more.

To find out who your data might be shared with, you can also view which other web domains the app is contacting.

It's designed to give users a better idea of exactly who is seeing the data collected by their favourite apps.

But that's not all that iOS 15.2 has to offer.

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The update also adds features designed to protect kids from paedophiles.

Apple will now scan Messages for possible naked shots sent to and from a device and blur them from sight.

A button allowing them to contact their parents within Messages about possible pervs will also be shown.

Following the update, your iPhone will now warn you if you were scammed while getting your device repaired.

People sometimes go for cheap high street repair shops and even try to do DIY fixes by buying components on eBay, but these might not be approved bits of kit.

In iOS 15.2, you'll be able to see whether genuine Apple parts were used.

With the update installed, you can go to Settings > General > About to see the parts and service history of your iPhone.

An Unknown Part warning appears next to anything Apple deems "nongenuine".

This will also show up if it was already used or installed in another iPhone.

The same goes if that particular part isn't working properly too.

What iPhones are compatible with iOS 15.2?

The update is available to anyone with an iPhone 6S and later, as well as 7th generation iPod touch owners.

If you're using an iPhone that can't update to iOS 15.2, it's important that you consider upgrading.

Moving to a newer iPhone means you'll be able to get the latest security updates.

Using older models that can't update with the latest security fixes is a major risk – and one that shouldn't be taken lightly.

How to update to iOS 15.2

If you have a compatible device and your iPhone hasn't automatically updated then you can download iOS 15.2 by following a few simple steps.

Before you get started, make sure your iPhone is backed up and that you're connected to WiFi.

Open Settings, tap "General" and then "Software Update".

The update may appear on the screen if it's ready for your phone and you can tap "Install Now" to get it.

In other news, Samsung is reportedly killing off its beloved Note smartphone after more than a decade.

Apple has announced that it will let customers fix their own iPhones for the first time starting next year.

The UK is fighting an epidemic of hack attacks targeting consumers and businesses, according to officials.

And, NASA has slammed Russia after a missile it fired into one of its own satellites forced the space station to perform an emergency swerve.

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