Your iPhone Soon Won’t Have to Reboot for Security Updates

Person holding an iPhone SE (2022) in their hand

Justin Duino

Apple normally delivers important safety fixes as minor updates for macOS, iOS, iPadOS, and so forth, which implies a full reboot and a (probably) lengthy set up course of. That may change quickly.

Apple simply launched the primary beta variations of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura, and all of them have a brand new function known as Fast Safety Response. The outline of the function from the macOS Ventura changelog reads, “get vital safety enhancements to your gadgets even quicker. This isn’t a normal software program replace. These enhancements may be utilized robotically between regular updates — and not using a restart.”

Automatic Updates screen with a 'Install System and Data Files' update toggle
Fast Safety Response in iOS 16 Beta

In different phrases, it seems like some safety patches will probably be distributed as background updates, quite than solely new OS updates for the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Home windows (and a few desktop Linux distributions) can set up some updates and not using a full reboot in the identical method, and Google Play Shield on Android can be up to date quietly within the background when wanted.

Automated background updates that don’t require a full improve are nothing new on the Mac — Apple already updates malware lists, fonts, SSL certificates, and extra with out the necessity for full system upgrades. Nevertheless, background safety updates have (seemingly) by no means been obtainable for iPhones and iPads till now.

Safety updates are essential to preserving your machine and private info as protected as doable, so it’s nice to see that Apple may have the ability to roll them out even faster sooner or later. There’ll nonetheless doubtless be some issues that may solely be fastened with a full OS replace, very like Android’s month-to-month safety patches, however not all of them would require a system improve.

Supply: TechCrunch, Apple

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