Apple’s New Feature Will Install Security Updates Without Requiring a Full OS Update ,Apple’s Rapid Security Response feature in iOS 16 and macOS Ventura is intended to deploy security fixes without requiring a full operating system version update.
“macOS security gets even stronger with new tools that make the Mac more resistant to attack,” the company said in a statement on Monday.
The feature, which is also available on iOS, aims to separate regular software updates from critical security improvements, which are applied automatically to protect users from in-the-wild attacks. It’s worth noting that Apple experimented with a similar option in iOS 14.5.
Apple also announced support for third-party two-factor authentication apps with the built-in Passwords feature in the Settings app at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC).
Furthermore, iOS 16 will allow users to edit strong passwords suggested by Safari in order to meet sitespecific requirements, as well as requiring apps to request users’ permission to access the clipboard in order to paste content from another app.
In a similar permissions-related update, USB-C and Thunderbolt accessories, with the exception of power adapters and standalone displays, will be required to explicitly request user permission before communicating with macOS devices.
The release notes state that “on portable Mac computers with Apple silicon, new USB and Thunderbolt accessories require user approval before the accessory can communicate with macOS for connections wired directly to the USB-C port.”
Finally, Apple confirmed that the Safari web browser will support passkeys, a next-generation passwordless sign-in standard that allows users to log in to websites and apps across platforms using Touch ID or Face ID for biometric verification.
The FIDO Alliance-developed mechanism, which is already backed by Google and Microsoft, aims to replace traditional passwords by providing unique digital keys that are stored locally on the device.
“Passkeys replace passwords with a simpler and safer signin technique,” the tech titan explained. “Passkeys never leave your device and are unique to the site you created them for, making them nearly impossible to phish.”
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