Apple has released a Rapid Security Response update for the Mac

macOS 13 Ventura on 14-inch MacBook Pro
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The first Rapid Security Response update for the Mac is here.

As spotted by MacRumors, Apple has released macOS Security Response 13.2 (a), a Rapid Security Response for Macs running macOS 13 Ventura. The software update came out earlier today and is available to those running the latest version of macOS Ventura.

This is the first time that we have seen a Rapid Security Response come out for the Mac, and it is currently unclear if it is addressing an actual security issue or another test that Apple is running for the feature. The report notes that the updates "is applied to the Mac automatically upon restart, and it is also added to Safari when the Safari app is exited and then reopened."

Rapid Security Response has also come to the iPhone

While this is the first time that we have seen Rapid Security Response come to the Mac, it isn't the first time that we have seen Apple roll it out. The company has already released updates twice to the iPhone, but both have appeared to also be tests that it is running to ensure the feature is ready for prime time.

Up until now, Apple would only be able to address any and all security issues that could impact its customers through its larger software updates. That has historically created a security vulnerability as users would need to wait for a larger software update to address security vulnerabilities that were sometimes being actively exploited in the wild.

With Rapid Security Response, Apple is looking to address that problem by building a system to address time-sensitive security problems with its own standalone updates. This will enable the company to protect customers from security vulnerabilities faster than the previous process.

We'll have to wait for the first major security problem to come around to see how Apple does in deploying its first RSR in the wild.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.