With the public release of its first Rapid Security Response (RSR) update, Apple has achieved a significant milestone. This is a welcome departure from earlier update types, which were restricted to developers or beta testers using early versions of Apple’s mobile operating systems.
For Mac, iPad, and iPhone devices, a new type of software release called Rapid Security Responses offers crucial security fixes that are provided in between regular security updates. Even though Apple hasn’t specified how quickly these patches are released, they aim to distribute critical security updates to phones as soon as possible.
Among other things, these updates could affect the WebKit framework stack, the Safari web browser, or crucial system libraries. They can also be used to swiftly resolve some security issues, like those that have already been exploited or are rumored to exist “in the wild.”
Apple’s RSR updates can by default be installed automatically.
Some of these updates, but not all of them, might call for a system restart; you’ll be informed when that happens.
The automatic installation of RSR updates can be turned off in your device’s settings, however doing so is not advised because RSRs deliver crucial security upgrades.
The required system restart-requiring RSR update for today can be downloaded and installed in a matter of minutes. Users running the most recent versions of iOS and iPadOS will be the only ones who can access RSRs in the future.
Both iOS 16.4.1 and iPadOS 16.4.1 are now receiving the RSR update, and the deployment should be finished in 48 hours. Following the RSR installation, the About section of your iPhone or iPad will show a “(a),” indicating that you are using iOS 16.4.1 (a) or iPadOS 16.4.1 (a).
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