Meltdown and Spectre flaws also affect all Apple Mac and iOS devices

Hardware fixes are by nature much slower and more difficult than software fixes. tcareob72/Thinkstock

Apple users haven't been spared in the great computer chip debacle.

Apple acknowledges that its devices, be it Macs, iPhones, or iPads, are affected by the two vulnerabilities.

So what should Apple users do?

Spectre is an exploit that breaks the isolation between different applications on chips from Intel, AMD and ARM, and potentially allows hackers to "trick" error-free programmes that normally follow best practices into "leaking" their secrets. Apple says, however, that its December 2017 update for iOS 11.2, macOS 10.13.2, and tvOS 11.2 showed no measurable reduction in performance according to benchmarking tools.

The company will release an update to its Safari Web browser in coming days to defend against another form of the security flaw known as Spectre.

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

Security researchers have also cleared that none of the Apple devices are affected at the moment.

Ben Johnson, co-founder and chief strategist for cyber security firm Carbon Black, said the delay in updating customers about whether Apple's devices are at risk could affect Apple's drive to get more business customers to adopt its hardware.

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Nearly every computing machine on this planet is affected by the recently discovered Meltdown and Spectre flaws, including Apple products.

A major security flaw in Intel chipsets was discovered this week, and this essentially affects almost all PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones out there.

While Apple has taken (and taking) measures against protecting users against Meltdown and Spectre, so have others. Data is supposed to be protected and isolated, but researchers discovered that in some cases, the information can be exposed while the processor queues it up.

The company said it would release a patch to help guard Safari against Spectre and advised only downloading software from trustworthy sources.

Apple is expected to release an update in order to prevent the worse.

Fixing the problems will slow a computer's performance, experts say, especially on devices more than five years old.

Intel confirmed a potential security flaw in its chips causing all tech majors to rush to fix the bugs through emergency updates to supported versions. But that's not realistically going to happen anytime soon.

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