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Apple Announces New Security Update Feature in iOS 16, macOS Ventura

Apple this week announced a new feature designed to ensure that important security updates will be delivered to its devices faster in an effort to protect users against potential threats.

The new feature, named Rapid Security Response, will become available in the upcoming iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, both scheduled for release in late 2022.

According to Apple, important security updates will be delivered to iPhones and Macs in between standard software updates. In addition, they can be applied automatically and they do not require a reboot.

The tech giant mentioned Rapid Security Response in a summary of the new features that will be available in iOS 16 and macOS Ventura, but it did not provide any additional details.

Apple releases security updates for its operating systems once every 1-2 months and it’s not uncommon for these updates to patch actively exploited iOS or macOS vulnerabilities.

In 2022, Apple has patched four zero-days in its products to date, and last year it fixed 13 exploited vulnerabilities.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.