Apple’s take on Android security patches is finally here

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May 2, 2023

Credit: Gary Sims / Android Authority

Rapid Security Response updates are slowly rolling out to Apple devices.
These updates are similar to Android’s security patches that deliver fixes to exploits and vulnerabilities.
Owners of iPhones, Macs, and iPads no longer have to wait for bigger software updates to get these fixes.

Last year, Apple announced Rapid Security Response updates. The company has been testing the updates ever since the beta release of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS 13 Ventura. Now Rapid Response is exiting the beta and slowly trickling out to Apple products.

Devices running on iOS 16.4.1, iPadOS 16.4.1, and macOS 13.3.1 are starting to get Apple’s first-ever urgent security update system (via iMore). These updates are smaller patches aimed at closing up vulnerabilities and solving exploits before hackers can leverage them. Previously, these fixes would be included in larger software updates, but this new system makes it possible for Apple to fix security concerns faster.