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Your iPhone just got a first-of-its-kind security update

To ensure that their data is secure, smartphone users should become entirely accustomed to receiving regular security upgrades. By creating a new method for fast updating iPhone security without having to deploy a full-on iOS update, Apple is now streamlining the process.

Rapid Security Responses (RSR), a tool designed by Apple to make security patches simpler, has been undergoing beta testing. RSR is now available to all owners of Apple devices as of May 1.

The revised security strategy would “deliver important security improvements between software updates,” enabling customers to get security patches more frequently than in the past. Instead of having to wait for full-blown iOS updates, customers can now anticipate patches to go live as soon as they’re ready. This is not to imply that Apple is stingy with its security updates; far from it.

Rapid Security Responses, according to Apple, may require you to restart your iPhone when they go live and will be downloaded automatically by default. However, you can disable automatic RSR downloads and simply receive the fixes with every new iOS software update, as you did in the past. While RSR can be disabled, it’s a good idea to keep automatic downloads enabled so that your device is always running the most up-to-date security software.

Rapid Security Responses is now live for iPads, Macs, and other devices besides just iPhones. RSR is currently restricted to devices that can run the most recent versions of iOS, iPadOS, and macOS. These include versions 16.4.1, 13.3.1, and 16.4.1, respectively.

Although the new feature isn’t as eye-catching as the Dynamic Island on the iPhone 14 Pro, it is still a significant upgrade to the iPhone, particularly for users who take security seriously. Monthly security updates have been a feature of Android phones for years, so it’s fantastic to see Apple pursuing a similar approach with iOS.