Apple allows removing Security Patches

Apple will allow you to roll back the iPhone’s security patches nestled Rapid Security Response system by iOS 16’s, which can install patches without updating your iPhone entirely.

According to a support document spotted, you can remove a Rapid Security Response update by proceeding to Settings > General > About, then clicking on the iOS Version. You’ll be offered a “Remove Security Update” controller.

The document doesn’t provide any illustrations of why you’d require to uninstall one of the patches, stranding your mobile susceptible to the vulnerability it shields against. However, it’s effortless to visualize a few exceptional possibilities where the feature could be helpful, perhaps if one disarrays up some special work-related software or management tools, for example.

Otherwise, it’s one of those components that most people should presumably never employ unless they have an exact reason and fully understand what they’re accomplishing. It is like the new extreme Lockdown Mode, which is included to protect users from “highly sophisticated” targeted cyberattacks.

With Lockdown Mode, Apple is allowing users to temporarily switch off some of the most-abused device attributes at the push of a button (and a device restart) to drive it far more challenging for spyware to break through and siphon off your phone data. Or, as Apple calls it, “sharply decreasing the attack surface that potentially could be manipulated by positively targeted mercenary spyware.”

Lockdown Mode boots in after some deprivations and a device restart and can be switched off likewise through the Settings menu. Although the mode limits what you can accomplish and who can contact you — that’s the trade-off for holding a far more secure iPhone. We didn’t discover using the iPhone in Lockdown Mode overly prohibitive or frustrating when we considered the first announced feature.

The idea is to shore up multiple routes into your iPhone, iPad, or Mac from the internet without overly degrading the device’s usability. 

Rapid Security Response is switched on by default. However, you can switch off the updates by heading to Settings > General > Software Update > Automatic Updates and toggling “Security Responses and System Files.” If you do so, you’ll have to wait for complete iOS updates to get the security patches. But, again, we recommend against turning the feature off unless you have an explicit reason to, given how many of Apple’s recent updates have patched out pretty serious vulnerabilities.

The system is also coming to macOS in Ventura, which hasn’t been officially released yet — so far, Apple’s support documents for its desktop OS don’t mention whether you’ll be able to roll back those updates.

Here are a few modes you can Customize automatic updates to your iPhone

Your gadget can update automatically overnight while it’s charging. The Settings app on iPhone shows alternatives to update your device automatically.

  • Switch on automatic updates.
  • Move to Settings > General > Software Update.
  • Click Automatic Updates, then switch on Download iOS Updates.
  • Switch on Install iOS Updates. Your device will automatically update to the newest Version of iOS or iPadOS. Some updates might require to be established manually.

Install Rapid Security Responses

Rapid Security Responses deliver necessary security improvements faster before they become part of other modifications in a future software update. To acquire Rapid Security Responses automatically:

  • Go to Settings > General > Software Update.
  • Tap Automatic Updates.
  • Make sure that “Security Responses & System Files” is turned on.

You can install Rapid Security Responses like software updates if you don’t want Rapid Security Responses to be installed automatically. If you need to remove a Rapid Security Response:

  • Head to Settings > General > About.
  • Click iOS Version.
  • Click Remove Security Update.

You can reinstall the Rapid Security Response later or stay for it to be installed permanently as part of a standard software update.