Update your iPhone to iOS 15.2.1 right now to fix a serious HomeKit error

Apple has just released iOS 15.2.1. Although there are no major new features with the update, it fixes an ugly bug that could disable your iPhone.

The latest iPhone update fixes a critical HomeKit bug so it’s important to install Apples update immediately to avoid problems. HomeKit is the name of Apple’s smart home technology and the term used by compatible accessories. If you cannot get the update right away, avoid connecting to HomeKit accessories, especially if the name is very long. A similar update is available for iPad.

HomeKit allows an iPhone to control and communicate various smart home accessories when an Apple TV, HomePod or HomePod mini used as a HomeKit hub. The Apple Home app comes pre-installed on every iPhone and iPad, allowing you to register new devices and configure them for use. HomeKit devices can be controlled manually or triggered via automation. For example, lights can be set to turn on and off at certain times and change colors. Webcams can be checked manually and alerts can be received when motion is detected. HomeKit is a pretty thorough smart home solution.


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As useful as HomeKit can be, it can also ruin someone’s day thanks to a vulnerability that causes iPhone to unlock. The bug has to do with ridiculously long HomeKit device names that reach around 500.00 characters long. This is according to the security researcher who discovered this error, as reported by 9to5Mac. The good news is that the latest iOS 15.2.1 update from Apple has solved the problem. iPad users may also be affected by this error and iPadOS 15.2.1 will take care of it. All iPhone and iPad users should update immediately to avoid issues.

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Apple seems to keep having issues with text-based errors and unusual names – and it really seems like these types of issues should have been fixed throughout the system a long time ago. Around the middle of 2021, a similar problem with Wi-Fi hotspot names could create chaos on the connection. Even text messages have in the past led to serious problems. That kind of data should not be able to break a program. These types of issues imply that the code was not tested well enough and does not take into account variations. If Apple’s code simply cuts the names into something like 30 characters and filtered special characters, a wide range of issues could be avoided.

On a less serious note, iOS 15.2.1 also fixes an issue where Messages may not load pictures if these images were sent as an iCloud link. After the update, the images should appear normally. Also resolved are issues involving third-party CarPlay apps that are sluggish and unresponsive to user input, which can be quite annoying. iOS 15.2.1 is certainly not the most exciting iPhone update Apples ever released, but unless you want to risk a damaged iPhone, it’s one all users should download as soon as possible.

Next: Why Apple Needs a Smart Home Device with a Monitor

Source: 9to5Mac, Apple

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