Apple has released iOS 8.2 for iPhones and iPads, offering several notable updates and fixes.
The iOS 8.2 update includes a fix for the Freak flaw uncovered last week that could force devices to accept a sub-par encryption standard, thereby making it possible to decrypt data.
Apple confirmed the details of this fix in a post outlining the security features of the iOS 8.2 update.
“Secure Transport accepted short ephemeral RSA keys, usually used only in export-strength RSA cipher suites, on connections using full-strength RSA cipher suites,” the firm said.
“This issue, also known as Freak, only affected connections to servers which support export-strength RSA cipher suites, and was addressed by removing support for ephemeral RSA keys.”
The release of this update was noted by the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team, which urged people to install it as soon as possible.
"US-Cert encourages users and administrators to review Apple security updates and apply the necessary updates," it said.
This fix was included in the Apple TV 7.1 update.
The iOS 8.2 update also includes an Apple Watch app that will allow users to download apps for the device via the App Store when it is released on 24 April.
Until the Watch is released, the app can only really be used to watch videos of how Apple Watch works. However, once the Watch is available it can be paired with the device, as shown in the image above.
Those with no intention of buying an Apple Watch will find that the Watch app cannot be uninstalled, in similar way to other Apple apps that come with iPhones such as Podcasts and Newsstand.
The update is 332MB in size for those already on the 8.1.3 version of iOS 8.
Some 75 percent of iPhone and iPads are now running on iOS 8 since its release in September last year, a slower uptake than Apple may have expected.
The release of iOS 8.2 comes at the same time that Google revealed details of its Android Lollipop 5.1 release including enhanced security features to make the platform more suitable for enterprise use.
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