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Apple in iOS 16 added a new Rapid Security Response feature that's meant to make it quicker and easier for the company to deploy security improvements to iPhone users without a full iOS update. By default, Rapid Security Responses are installed automatically, but Apple has implemented a way to remove them.

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In an updated support document shared today, Apple says that you can remove a Rapid Security Response from your device by going to Settings > General > About, tapping the iOS version, and then tapping Remove Security Update.

Apple says you can then reinstall the Rapid Security Response at a later date, or wait for it to be installed permanently as part of a standard software update. It is not clear why a Rapid Security Response would need to be removed, but it's nice that users will have the option.


There is also a toggle for turning off automatic installation of Rapid Security Responses, which then allows them to be downloaded manually.

Article Link: Apple Will Let You Remove Rapid Security Response Updates in iOS 16
 

CarAnalogy

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One step closer to Windows? The only reason to remove updates there is when they cause terrible unforeseen issues. Which has happened a LOT the last couple years.

Hopefully that doesn’t start becoming the case here.

Of course Microsoft a few years ago went in the opposite direction, removing the ability to remove individual updates and bundling everything into one giant blob instead.
 

CarAnalogy

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I'm glad I have that option. Now bring back the option to change my home screen wallpaper without wanting to rip my hair out.

I’m guessing you don’t like jiggle mode either.

It took me a minute to understand this too. Basically they made the home screen an Apple Watch.
 

Stiksi

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I’m guessing you don’t like jiggle mode either.

It took me a minute to understand this too. Basically they made the home screen an Apple Watch.
My home screen don’t jiggle jiggle, it folds… what am I? 😜
 

RalfTheDog

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This is more of a problem with desktop systems than with phones, but it is shocking how many times software updates break our banking software. They tell you to always install the latest version, yet their software won't work unless you are running an OS that is half a year old or more.

Forced updates sound like bricking the entire company and preventing it from depositing any money at all.
 

ss2cire

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It is not clear why a Rapid Security Response would need to be removed, but it's nice that users will have the option.

A person or company would want to remove said updates if they cause show-stopping issues. Ideally that never happens but with the option to uninstall it makes it easier to rollback updates when it does cause issues.
 

NightFox

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So this is it. This is how they're going install their CSAM spyware.
If they wanted to install CSAM surreptitiously, why would they need to do all this? Why would Apple go to obscure lengths to sneak it though the front door, when they control the back door?

Kind of reminds me of the '80s film Whoops Apocalypse where the SAS are raiding a waxworks museum and they shoot-up the box office first to get admission tickets.
 
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Yuck9

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This is more of a problem with desktop systems than with phones, but it is shocking how many times software updates break our banking software. They tell you to always install the latest version, yet their software won't work unless you are running an OS that is half a year old or more.

Forced updates sound like bricking the entire company and preventing it from depositing any money at all.
Yay. Another Bono download forced update.
 
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