I just was notified of the first one of these from Apple today It was for my iPad Mini 6 and was numbered 16.4.1(a). However, I have received the equivalent for my iPhone 12 so I’m wondering if whatever the update patched was iPadOS-related only.
The Finder iOS Software Update interface does not see Rapid Security Responses even when the device itself is telling you it’s available. However, it did appear to use the USB cable to install it, when started from the device.
[Edit:] As apparently did my iPhone 13 Pro Max. I didn’t catch it on the “Update available” screen there, but after I applied it, the next thing I saw when I picked up my phone was “Your passcode is required after iPhone restarts.”
On a sort of related subject: Has anyone seen anything about a Monterey security update? I know it won’t come via RSR, but the security flaw may still exist in Monterey and need to be patched the old-fashioned way. Or maybe it doesn’t. Or maybe they’ve dropped Monterey and are only doing macOS security updates on Ventura?
Are you maxed out at Monterey on your Mac? If NOT, at least you can get Ventura for “free”.
I’m maxed out at High Sierra but Apple doesn’t care about users who don’t have the latest and greatest hardware and software. Eventually I’ll have to get a newer iMac but my current one still works just fine, even without MacOS updates.
Yes, as I understand it the new RSR updates are for emergencies that can’t wait for a “routine” update; those “routine” updates usually have non-security bug fixes, minor feature tweaks, etc, in addition to any security updates.
Right. Apparently because of the secure implementation of the system volume in the most recent MacOS versions, there’s a great deal more overhead than there used to be in rolling out a “routine” update to the full system. So the RSR updates provide a way to patch vulnerabilities with less overhead.
The next Monterey Security Update (and one for Big Sur) is being progressed, but there is no way to know what it covers until public release. Normally the Big Sur and Monterey Security Updates are released on the same day as the next Ventura Update occurs.
I could go to Ventura, but I know enough people that have persistent problems with it that I’d rather not for the moment, although if that’s the only way to get security updates I may have to.
It’s my understanding that RSR is just a new way to distribute updates, it shouldn’t necessarily increase the number of updates, maybe just their frequency. So yes, Monterey clearly won’t get security updates via RSR, but could, if Apple chooses, get the same updates (if necessary, and modified for the different OS) via the old mechanism.