As part of today’s WWDC 2022 announcements, Apple briefly addressed Rapid Security Response, a new addition to its security technologies that would apply to iPhone, iPad, and Mac platforms. It didn’t go into much detail regarding Rapid Security Response, but Apple promises that essential security upgrades will arrive on your devices even faster. Currently, iOS and macOS customers receive security updates in the form of entire system patches, typically with.1 or.0.1 version numbers, which can take a long time to download and install.
Apple’s Rapid Security Response upgrades now include significant security changes that “may be applied automatically between ordinary software updates,” according to the company. According to reports, for iOS 16 developer beta users, there is a new toggle under the Automatic Updates section of settings for “Install System and Data Files” to apply new security configuration and system data files. It states that “certain updates may only take effect once you restart your iPhone,” implying that some may not require a restart.
On macOS Ventura, Apple’s summary of the new features arriving in version 13.0 includes the Rapid Security Response, although on this platform “This isn’t a routine software update.” These enhancements can be implemented automatically between regular updates – without requiring a restart.”