Fast security response: Apple deploys security updates faster and faster

Improving the speed of applying security updates is the primary goal of Rapid Security Response, developed by Apple. Mac users can now have this security feature.

macOS Ventura 13.2 beta is now supported

Rapid Security Response is available to device users running iOS 16.2, iPadOS 16.1, and now macOS Ventura 13.2 beta, according to information from our colleagues at 9to5Mac. As a reminder, this feature allows devices to receive security updates more regularly. They will be applied in the background and most often transparent to users.

In the iOS 16.2 beta, two test updates were received from Rapid Security Response. With the arrival of the feature on macOS Ventura 13.2 beta, users could in turn experience trial updates.

Faster updates

The generalization of this security feature is crucial in 2022 because it reduces the exposure time of iPhone, iPad and Mac users to security vulnerabilities fixed by developers. For several years, they have been trying to reduce the time between the discovery of a vulnerability and the application of a security patch.

On the other hand, Apple specifies on its website that the functionality may involve restarting Safari or even the device during important security updates. “Security updates involving the operating system require the device to be restarted. Security updates involving Safari require the user to close the app completely”indicates the manufacturer.

Deactivation of the option possible

Rapid Security Response can be disabled in iOS 16 and MacOS.

  • On iPhone, go to Settings > General > Software Updates > Automatic Updates, then uncheck Security Updates and System Files.
  • On Mac, point to the advanced option for Software Update and uncheck Install security updates and system files.

An operation that is not recommended but can be useful in certain situations, especially in case of stability problems with your iPhone or Mac.

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