Snippet: Apple Releases First ‘Rapid’ Security Fixes for iPhones, iPads, and Macs ☇

Shared on May 1, 2023

Zack Whittaker for TechCrunch:

Apple on Monday released its first batch of publicly available “rapid security” patches, aimed at quickly fixing security vulnerabilities that are under active exploitation or pose significant risks to its customers. […]

Rapid Security Responses were introduced to allow Apple customers to update their devices faster than a typical software update takes. Apple says the feature is enabled by default, and some rapid patches can be installed without rebooting, though not always.

I saw this come through earlier today and found it interesting that Apple can issue these emergency fixes outside of more formal updates. At first, it feels like some of the update methods in the Windows world, but the fact that they’re only designed to be around until the next point release means they’ll disappear almost as quickly as they are issued.

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