Apple continues to expand the Rapid Security Response feature in iOS 16.4 beta

Apple continues to improve the Rapid Security Response (RSR) feature built into iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, according to code found in the latest iOS 16.4 beta.

The new Rapid Security Response code in iOS 16.4 Beta 3 adds wording to apps that may be incompatible with security updates. “Some apps may close unexpectedly due to incompatibility with the latest iOS quick security answer. Removing the security answer may fix this.”

There are also rollback alerts that can let users know if there is a problem with an RSR version. “Possible iOS Security Response Issue” is the text that users might see in the future.

Apple has released multiple Rapid Security Response updates, with the first coming out in November. So far, all of these updates have been limited to iPhone and iPad users running betas and appear to have been rolled out in a test function.

Apple still seems to be working on perfecting the RSR process, and it looks like none of the versions have security fixes yet, based on Apple’s security support document. This document describes all updates that contain vulnerability fixes and does not list RSR versions.

So far, no RSRs have been made available to the public, which also suggests Apple isn’t ready to use the option as a stopgap between software updates just yet.

Rapid Security Response updates, announced as part of “iOS 16”, “iPadOS 16” and “macOS Ventura”, aim to allow Apple to provide users with security fixes without a full iOS update. Rapid Security Responses can be quickly installed and reset if necessary, as the iOS 16.4 code suggests.

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