Apple Releases First Rapid Security Response Updates For iOS 16.4.1 And macOS 13.3.1

Apple has today released its first Rapid Security Response updates, upgrading the existing iOS 16.4.1 and macOS 13.3.1 releases to new versions.

This is the first time that Apple has actually released a so-called RSR update having tested the release mechanism as part of previous betas.

Rapid Security Response updates 16.4.1 (a) and macOS 13.3.1 (a) are both built to provide iOS 16.4.1 users and macOS 13.3.1 with critical security updates without the need to install full iOS and macOS software. Device restarts are still required however, but at least the download sizes are relatively small.

Users can download the update via the Settings app on an iPhone and the System Settings app on a Mac although those who want to disable the feature altogether can do so. The RSR update will be rolled into future traditional iOS and macOS updates, ensuring that people will have the latest security fixes eventually even if they choose not to get RSR updates directly.

If you aren’t yet seeing the RSR it’s been noted that Apple is rolling the updates out gradually over the next 48 hours. However, some people can see the update and download it but are then told that they cannot install it. Hopefully these teething problems can be addressed before future RSR updates are made available to the public.

If you can’t download the RSR update yet, whether because the update isn’t offered or the installation fails, try again later.

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