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Apple launches iOS 15.2.1 with HomeKit security fix

HomeKit iOS 15.2.1

Apple has released the latest iOS security and bug fixes with iOS 15.2.1. For those who recently updated to iOS 15.2, it's time to open Settings and start the process again. While it may not seem important to take advantage of these minor updates, this one plugs a dangerous vulnerability in HomeKit.

Those experiencing bugs in various apps should also update right away. Apple has listed two bug fixes included in iOS 15.2.1:

How to turn off Automatic Sharing in Messages on iPhone

Messages automatic sharing

For your convenience, iOS delivers content that's shared in Messages threads directly to apps on your iPhone. For example, photos sent using iMessage appear automatically under the For You tab in the Photos app. The Shared with You section shows all of the pictures sent with Messages, who they are from, and whether or not they've been saved to an album in the Photos app. Other types of content are automatically delivered to other apps, such as links in Safari.

Should I update my iPhone to iOS 14.8?

iOS 14.8 security update

When it comes to iOS security updates, the answer is always to install the latest software as soon as possible. iOS 14.8 is no different, however the launch of iOS 15 is only days away. While iOS 14.8 patches a serious iPhone vulnerability, the same problem is also fixed in iOS 15. iPhone owners currently running iOS 14 have two choices when it comes to dealing with this security threat.

How to pin conversations, reply to specific messages and mention people in Messages for Mac

How to pin conversations, inline reply to messages and mention contacts in Messages for macOS Big Sur.

After lagging behind for years, Messages for macOS Big Sur has finally been fully updated and now has all of the capabilities that its iOS counterpart enjoys. In addition to bringing Memoji and Screen Effects up to speed, you can now pin conversations and, respond to specific messages within a thread, and "mention" other members of the conversation, which are all new features included in the recent iOS 14 update. Here's how to use these three new features in Messages on macOS Big Sur:

How use Memoji in Messages for Mac

How to create and use Memoji stickers in macOS Big Sur.

If you are a fan of Memoji and you use the Messages app on your Mac, then you've probably been disappointed that it has always lagged so far behind its iOS version and doesn't have Memoji (along with a lot of other features). Finally macOS Big Sur addresses this, bringing Messages for macOS up to par with its iOS companion. Now you can create Memoji on your Mac and share them as stickers (though you still can't record yourself as a Memoji and send it). Here's how:

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