Apple Releases New Magic Keyboard Firmware Fix For Bluetooth Security Scare
If you own a Magic Keyboard, Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad, Magic Keyboard with Touch ID, or Magic Keyboard with Touch ID and Numeric Keypad, you likely have a new firmware update on the way.
And while you can’t manually begin the installation yourself, it’s definitely one that you’re going to want to keep an eye out for.
This new update doesn’t add any new features, but it does fix a security flaw that could potentially have allowed hackers to gain access to the keystrokes on your keyboard thanks to a Bluetooth bug.
This update fixes that, with Apple saying that “an attacker with physical access to the accessory may be able to extract its Bluetooth pairing key and monitor Bluetooth traffic” without the new firmware.
Unfortunately, the version 2.0.6 firmware release isn’t available for manual installation but your iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV will automatically initiate the installation when they are paired with an affected keyboard. You can check the version number on a Mac by opening the System Settings app, clicking Bluetooth, and clicking on the info button next to your keyboard.
It isn’t often that Apple updates a Magic Keyboard firmware because there aren’t all that many reasons to do so, but this is definitely one of them. Thankfully, the fact that a hacker would need physical access to your keyboard at least temporarily means that it’s unlikely most people need to worry too much about this security flaw.