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Apple Rolls Out iPhone's Rapid Security Response Update

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Apple has been testing its new Rapid Security Response in recent iOS 16 beta iterations. The RSR is a type of standalone update that brings security enhancements to iPhones and other devices like the iPad and MacBook. Today, Apple released the first public RSR firmware via iOS 16.4.1.

Unlike before, where most security patches are tied to minor and major iOS software releases, the iPhone manufacturer has revamped it for iOS 16 this time around. Apart from renaming it as Rapid Security Response, they are also making it possible to push these updates to users separately from typical iOS releases. This is a vital move in cases where an emergency fix is necessary.

Apple didn't provide a list of what was changed in this release, apart from the general verbiage describing what RSR is all about on its website. However, it should be noted that this update includes important security improvements in Safari and system frameworks, as well as libraries that would reduce or eliminate vulnerabilities.

Which Apple devices are compatible with the Rapid Security Response

The first Rapid Security Response update is now available for general users. It supports devices running on versions of iOS 16.4.1. iPadOS 16.4.1, and macOS 13.3.1. The Cupertino tech giant says the update will roll out in staggered releases, so some users might only receive it late in the 48-hour time frame.

You should not see the update if you're on any of the more recent betas, such as iOS 16.5. It remains unclear whether Apple is going to deliver a similar patch for the other builds.

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On iPhones and iPads, you'll be notified to download and install the update, or alternatively, go to General in Settings to manually install it. Surprisingly, users will have the option to remove the firmware if problems like bugs emerge following the update.

Do you think Apple's new security update framework will be better compared to the past? Have you installed the latest Rapid Security Response software update on your Apple device? Tell us in the comments.

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Jade Bryan

Jade Bryan
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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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