Install Apple security updates

Apple has recently released security updates to protect against a major security vulnerability found within their iOS, iPadOS and macOS devices. In order to protect the integrity of the UCLA Health computing environment, you are required to install the latest updates on your Apple device.

What does this mean?

This vulnerability, if exploited, can be used for unauthorized access to your camera, microphone, text messages, phone calls, and emails.

How can I protect my devices?

Install the latest security updates across all your personal and IT-managed Apple devices! Select the type of device you have below, to get instructions on how to update. But remember to always back up your data prior to making changes!



To update your device wirelessly:

  1. Plug your device into power and connect to wireless. 
  2. Tap Settings > General > Software Update 
  3. Tap “Download” and “Install.”  To update now, tap “Install.” 
  4. Enter your passcode, and the upgrade will begin.

If you have AirWatch Intelligent Hub on this device, make sure to update to iOS/iPadOS 14.8 by September 29 at 9 p.m. to continue enrollment in AirWatch Intelligent Hub.


Shared iPhone SEs

On Thursday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m., you will see the yellow wallpaper (image below) replace the current blue wallpaper on your iPhone SE requesting you to manually take steps to install the new iOS 14.8 version at your earliest convenience. The update will take less than 5 minutes to complete. If your device does not update by September 16 at 7:00 p.m., the yellow wallpaper will change to warn you that UCLA Health It will be forcing an automatic update later in the day.

Shared iPhone yellow screen
Apple laptops/desktops
  1. Select the Apple menu  
  2. Open System Preferences Click Software Update
    • You may be prompted to upgrade to a newer version of macOS, this is NOT required
    • If you are prompted to upgrade, select “More info” to get the latest security updates
Screenshot of macOS software update window