Apple's just rolled out its latest round of software updates.
Securing your phones
The HomePod is being released to the public this weekend, with tweaks to Apple’s software platform to accommodate it in the three initial HomePod launch series.
Here’s what’s rolling out: iOS 11.2.5, macOS 10.13.3, tvOS 11.2.5, and watchOS 4.2.2. They contain bug fixes, of course, to address the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities that made headlines recently.
A fix for the ChaiOS text message link that crashes iOS was also released, as well as one for a Messages bug that caused messages to be displayed out of order. The bug that allowed users to unlock the App Store menu in settings without a password has also been addressed.
How essential is this update? If you want protection from recently revealed security issues, it's best not to delay updating. But backup, as always, just in case.