Apple Rapid Security Response: Pushing faster updates for Macs without a reboot

As part of today’s announcements at WWDC 2022, Apple briefly mentioned a new addition to its security tools that will apply to iPhone, iPad, and Mac platforms called Rapid Security Response.

It didn’t go into a lot of detail about what Rapid Security Response is, but Apple is promising to have important security updates that get to your devices even faster. Currently, iOS and macOS users get their security updates rolled in with full system patches, usually with .1 or .0.1 version numbers, which can take quite some time for users to download and install.

Apple says its Rapid Security Response updates include important security improvements that “can be applied automatically between standard software updates.”

MacRumors reports that for users who’ve installed the iOS 16 developer beta, there’s 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 says that “some updates may only take effect once you restart your iPhone,” which suggests that some won’t require a reboot.

That’s the case on macOS Ventura, where Apple’s breakdown of the new features coming in version 13.0 includes the Rapid Security Response, however on this platform “This isn’t a standard software update. These improvements can be applied automatically between normal updates — without a restart.” The Verge has contacted Apple for more information about the new updates, and with beta testers already running the new software, we should know more about how they work soon.

Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference 2022 (WWDC)’s opening keynote is now over. The WWDC conference will continue till June 10. Apple has showcased iOS 16, which is getting a revamped Lock Screen with new features, improved dictation and updates for the Messages app.

It also revealed watchOS 9 which comes with new activity features, improvements to workout and ability to track medications as well. There was also macOS Ventura, which comes with better multi-tasking. The new iPadOS 16 also comes with improved multi-tasking thanks to the Stage Manager feature also seen on macOS 13.

But most importantly, Apple confirmed its M2 processor and two new laptops: the MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro. The M2 is next-gen of Apple’s silicon with a 5 nanometer design. The M2 chipset can handle a maximum of 24GB of unified memory. The 2022 MacBook Air will run the M2 chipset and comes with a new design.

Apple has also showcased a new MacBook Pro (13-inch) with the new M2 processor. The new Macs will come to India by next month.  The MacBook Air with M2 starts at Rs 1,19,900.