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Apple said all iPhones, iPads and Macs are affected by computer chip flaws


Apple says that all iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are impacted by a pair of major flaws that were recently discovered in computer chips.

Tech companies have been racing to fix the so-called Meltdown and Spectre bugs – which could allow hackers to steal data – since they publicly emerged earlier this week.

“These issues apply to all modern processors and affect nearly all computing devices and operating systems,” Apple said in a statement Thursday.

“All Mac systems and iOS devices are affected, but there are no known exploits impacting customers at this time,” the company added.

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“Since exploiting many of these issues requires a malicious app to be loaded on your Mac or iOS device, we recommend downloading software only from trusted sources such as the App Store.”

The BBC on Friday reported that the Meltdown and Spectre flaws are found in many modern computer processing units, or microchips, crafted by ARM and Intel.

The two firms supply virtually the entire computer market worldwide, leaving billions of PCs, smartphones and tablets around the globe affected.

Apple on Thursday said that it had already released “mitigations” against Meltdown in its latest operating system updates for its iPhones and iPads.

Meltdown does not impact Apple Watch, the company added, and patches protecting against Spectre will be released “in the coming days.”

The patches will update Apple’s Safari web browser, shoring up a potential vulnerability in the code running through the program.

Google has said that its Android phones – which constitute more than 80 percent of the global market – are safe if users get the latest security updates.

Microsoft has already released fixes for many of its services, but Windows users many need to update their third-party anti-virus software before applying operating system patches.

Researchers disclosed the existence of Meltdown and Spectre last Wednesday, leaving developers scrambling to safeguard the vulnerabilities from possibly malicious use.

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