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May 3, 2023

Apple releases first 'rapid' security updates for its iPhone, iPad, and Mac devices

The update is not able to be installed by some customers

Apple has launched its first set of "rapid security" patches, which are intended to fix security vulnerabilities that are actively being exploited or pose significant risks to Apple customers. These "Rapid Security Response" updates are designed to deliver important security improvements between regular software updates, allowing Apple customers to quickly update their devices. ​​

Those using iOS 16.4.1, iPadOS 16.4.1 and macOS 13.3.1 will be able to install the rapid security update. Once installed, the software version will be labelled with a letter, such as iOS 16.4.1 (a), iPadOS 16.4.1 (a) and macOS 13.3.1 (a). Users running older versions will not be able to receive the rapid security fix. As part of subsequent software updates, Apple will include the fixes.

By default, rapid patches are enabled, and some installed without rebooting. Some customers have reported difficulty installing this new security update, and it is unclear what this update is supposed to fix exactly.

In recent weeks, researchers have discovered new exploits developed by spyware makers QuaDream and NSO Group that target iPhones around the world. These exploits exploit previously unknown Apple software vulnerabilities. It is important for Apple customers to keep updating their devices since these security vulnerabilities have the potential to be serious.

Although Apple's ongoing efforts to improve security are certainly welcome news for customers, it is yet to be seen if the Rapid Security Response updates will be effective in addressing these security risks.

Neil Hodgson Coyle
Neil Hodgson-Coyle
Editorial chief at TechNews180
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