It was also busy in Apple’s software department on Wednesday evening. In addition to releasing the public test versions of the recently released third betas of macOS 13.1, iOS 16.2, and iPadOS 16.2, Cupertino has also pushed a very regular update into the pipeline.
tvOS update for the latest Apple TV
Apple’s latest set-top box, the third-generation Apple TV 4K, received the tvOS update to version 16.1.1 yesterday. Already released for download on November 9 for Apple’s mobile devices, the point update fixes two vulnerabilities reported by Google that could have allowed attackers to execute arbitrary malicious code on affected systems.
In addition, the minor update would have fixed a flaw in Apple’s advertising infrastructure. Some commentators suggest that this was the main reason for the rapid delivery of version 16.1.1.
tvOS 16.1.1 has not yet been made a separate entry in Apple’s roundup of all security updates that have been rolled out, which at this point only suggests that the holes reported by Google on the TV box have also been closed.
First “quick security measure”
In addition to the tvOS update, Apple has provided users of the third beta of iOS 16.2 with a test of the first “quick security measure.” The feature, dubbed “Rapid Security Response” by Apple, is a new feature of iOS 16 and introduces a new variety of security updates.
These are updates that are imported independently of the actual system software and are therefore not only considerably smaller, but can also be installed much faster. A restart of the device is still necessary after the “quick security measure”.