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Apple: All iPhones, iPads and Macs affected by chip flaws

(CNN) – Apple users haven’t been spared in the great computer chip debacle.

The U.S. tech giant has confirmed that all its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by two recently disclosed processor flaws called Spectre and Meltdown.

So what should Apple (AAPL) users do?

For starters, make sure your iPhone, iPads, computers and all apps you use are kept up to date to help protect against hackers exploiting the flaws.

In an announcement Thursday, Apple (AAPL) said it has released patches to defend against Meltdown in iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2. Apple will release patches in its Safari browser to help defend against Spectre “in the coming days,” the company added.

But it’s still working on other fixes that users should look out for.

“We continue to develop and test further mitigations for these issues and will release them in upcoming updates of iOS, macOS, tvOS, and watchOS,” Apple said.

Pointing out that the risks are likely to come from “a malicious app,” Apple also advised users to download software “only from trusted sources such as the App Store.”

Like other big tech companies that are scrambling to deal with the problem, Apple sought also to reassure users.

“There are no known exploits impacting customers at this time,” it said.

The Apple Watch isn’t impacted by the Meltdown flaw.

Researchers first announced the two flaws affecting virtually all computer processors on Wednesday.

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