iOS 16.5.1(c): Apple rushes to release urgent security update for iPhone again

Apple just released a new Quick Security Response for iPhone users. Are you feeling déjà vu? You’re not alone.

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Which iPhones can run iOS 16.5.1(c)?

Apple iOS 16.5.1(c) is compatible with iPhones released in late 2017 or later, i.e. iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X or later. This quick security response is specific to iPhones running iOS 16.5.1 (and iPads running iPadOS 16.5.1).

How to get it

Just open the Settings app on your device, then General, then Software Update. Next, select Download and Install, it’ll all be sorted out in no time. You also need to make sure that when you go to Settings, then General, then Software Update, and finally Automatic Updates, Security Feedback & System Files is turned on.

What’s in the release

That’s how to fix an iPhone threat that may already exist. You can read the full details here.

In the meantime, here’s a timeline for what happened—and if it feels like it all happened in just a few days, that’s because it happened.

On Monday, July 10, Apple released a Rapid Security Response (RSR). If you haven’t come across these, they are minor software updates that only address security issues. None of these new features or non-security fixes, but they’re important.

The RSR in question is to address a security flaw in the current software, iOS 16.5.1. So, in keeping with the nomenclature for RSR, this update is called iOS 16.5.1(a). All clear so far?

Then, a few hours later, Apple pulled the RSR because some users noticed that Safari couldn’t connect comfortably to some websites. Since these include sites like Facebook and Instagram, this is not a good thing.

RSR was introduced to fix security issues directly, so downgrading your iPhone after you’ve installed it to be able to surf those sites easily isn’t necessarily the best idea. —although it is at least simple to achieve.

Apple has announced that it has removed RSR for iPhone and another for Mac and will replace it with iOS 16.5.1(b) in the near future, with a similar update for Mac.

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