Apple introduces real-time security updates for iOS and macOS

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Security is a moving target, and Apple’s latest security release aims to better respond to that: To keep iPhones and Macs up to date with new security patches, the company is launching Rapid Security Response, which will apply security updates to devices on the fly. , outside of the iOS version update.

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This feature was announced at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and it appears to be in the iOS 16 developer beta already (meaning it will likely roll out with the general release of iOS 16 as well).

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This feature was only briefly mentioned in yesterday’s talk, but in iOS 16 developer version, a new toggle already appears in the automatic updates menu under “Install system and data files.” This suggests that Apple may release automatic security patches by default.

New Software Update Switch in iOS 16 Developer Beta Enables Automatic Security Updates

New Software Update Switch in iOS 16 Developer Beta Enables Automatic Security Updates

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The feature description suggests that you may not need to restart your phone for some updates to take effect.

Rapid Security Response is not limited to iOS. Apple has added this feature to macOS Ventura as well. feature preview page.

“This is not a standard software update. These improvements can be applied automatically between regular updates – without rebooting.

Until now, users had to wait for Apple to release critical security updates with minor version releases. Thanks to the new system of quick security fixes, the company can release important bug fixes without the need to release a separate software update.

This feature will arrive in iOS 16, so if Apple needs to release a security patch before then, it will have to release a version update. Once this feature is available to everyone, it will also save people from having to be aware of a potential bug in order to fix it. Apple could silently release an update that would be effective for people who don’t update their phones with all minor releases.

Google has taken a similar approach to Google Play system updates, which are separate from OEM updates, to protect Android devices from malware and software vulnerabilities.

Now, a new feature from Apple allows you to more actively protect iOS and macOS devices from unexpected cyberattacks and vulnerabilities. It can release patches as quickly as possible without relying on users to download and install them, making them more efficient overall.

Apple has also introduced new security features for iOS, including a security check to prevent data access from intruders, a default lock for hidden and recently deleted photos, and Face ID support for landscape mode.

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