iOS 9.3.5: Apple iOS Update Is Critically Important, Reports Say

If you have not yet updated your Apple iPhone to iOS 9.3.5, recent reporting indicates it is critically important that you do.

According to The New York Times, iOS 9.3.5 fixes critical security flaws discovered within the Apple mobile operating system.

“Investigators discovered that a company called the NSO Group, an Israeli outfit that sells software that invisibly tracks a target’s mobile phone, was responsible for the intrusions,” the New York Times reported. “The NSO Group’s software can read text messages and emails and track calls and contacts. It can even record sounds, collect passwords and trace the whereabouts of the phone user.”

The newspaper added that Apple released the iOS 9.3.5 update on Thursday (Aug. 25) after the Israeli hack of its previous operating system was discovered.

The iOS 9.3.5 update is critically important for iPhone users who may have been subjected to security breaches. [Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]
So what exactly will you find in the new iOS 9.3.5? Not much beyond fixing the vulnerabilities exploited by the NSO Group. To show just how important the iOS 9.3.5 update is to iPhone and iPad users, CNBC has suggested that Apple customers clear space on their phone to make sure the iOS 9.3.5 software patch has enough room to download and install on devices.

“Yes, it’s painful, but you may need to take the time to back up or sift through less-used apps and photos to make room.”

The New York Times said the NSO Group has discussed its hacking prior to the situation that lead Apple to release iOS 9.3.5 and the company was surprisingly candid in its discussions of its capabilities.

“In interviews and manuals, the NSO Group’s executives have long boasted that their spyware worked like a ‘ghost,’ tracking the moves and keystrokes of its targets, without leaving a trace. But until this month, it was not clear how exactly the group was monitoring its targets, or who exactly it was monitoring.”

Since the iOS 9.3.5 software patch does not do anything but fix security vulnerabilities in the Apple mobile devices’ software, many may be wanting something more for their trouble. The Next Web suggests skipping the iOS 9.3.5 update for the iOS 10 update instead. How do you jump to the next generation of the iOS operating system?

According to reporting by The Next Web, it is possible for iOS users to become beta testers for Apple and skip the iOS 9.3.5 update altogether. First, it suggests backing up your iPhone device so you do not lose any potentially important information or files during the upgrade to iOS 10 Beta. Then it suggests the following steps.

“1. Go to on the iPhone or iPad you plan to upgrade. 2. Tap Sign up (or Sign in if you’ve registered previously). 3. Enter your Apple ID and password. 4. Click Sign in. 5. Accept the terms and conditions (or, you know, read and accept them if you’re into that sort of thing).”

Apple has long issued iOS updates, but this appears to be one of the most critical since the iPhone’s release nearly a decade ago. [Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images]
The new features of iOS 10 Beta, according to BGR, include better storage capabilities as well as easier ways to let friends know your location direct from a text message instead of having to open Maps and dropping a pin.

There are a slew of other features in the iOS 10 Beta (which does not yet have a date for a non-beta release), but with likely bugs, there is no way to know if it is worth skipping the iOS 9.3.5 update and taking the plunge for the iOS 10 Beta.

One thing is for certain. If you spend any time waiting to get the iOS 9.3.5 update, you are literally putting yourself and your data at risk. When the popup comes up on your iPhone suggesting you do the edit, The New York Times and just about every technology company suggests you go ahead and do the upgrade. You cannot afford not to.

[Photo by Cole Bennetts/Getty Images]

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