Apple released its first public batch of “rapid-security” patches to address vulnerabilities that are actively exploited or pose significant risk to Apple’s customers. Rapid Security Response Updates are designed to provide important security updates between software updates. Some rapid patches, but not all, can be installed without rebooting. Users running iOS 16.4.1 and iPadOS 16.4.1 as well as macOS 13.3.1 can download the rapid security update.
The update has not been installed immediately for some users. Apple has not yet commented on this update. It is unclear what it fixes. Researchers have recently discovered new exploits created by spyware makers QuaDream Group and NSO Group to target iPhone users worldwide. Both spyware makers exploited previously unknown vulnerabilities in Apple software that allowed their government clients to steal data silently from the victim’s device.
Apple released this rapid update to fix security vulnerabilities efficiently and quickly, providing important security improvements in between software updates. This is a faster way to update your device than it would take for a normal software update. Apple has yet to respond to comments made about the feature. It is enabled by default. Users running iOS 16.4.1 and macOS 133.1 can download the update. Some users reported that the update did not install immediately. Apple must continue to release security updates as researchers continue to find new exploits. This will protect Apple’s customers.