- Aug 17, 2014
Apple's iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS 13 operating systems are all due to be replaced with new versions in the next two or three months, but some bugs can't wait for a whole new release. The company has released iOS/iPadOS 16.6 and macOS 13.5 to fix several "actively exploited" security bugs, plus a handful of other security fixes for problems that have been reported to Apple but aren't being exploited in the wild yet. The release notes also mention unspecified "bug fixes" for each OS.
The new updates don't add anything by way of new features—at least, there aren't any mentioned in the release notes. This will likely be the case for most iOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura updates going forward, as Apple shifts its focus to newer operating systems. [...]
Apple also released several security-only updates for older devices that can't run its current operating systems. The macOS Big Sur 11.7.9 update and the macOS Monterey 12.6.8 update will both run on any Mac still running either of those operating systems, regardless of whether it supports macOS 13. The iOS and iPadOS 15.7.8 updates only support older devices like the iPhone 6S, iPad Air 2, and first-generation iPhone SE that can't be upgraded to iOS 16.
The tvOS 16.6 and watchOS 9.6 updates have also been released today, fixing some of the same security bugs as the iOS and macOS releases and a few unique to each platform.
Previous-generation macOS and iOS versions get new security updates, too.
Apple security updates and Rapid Security Responses
|Name and information link||Available for||Release date|
|Safari 16.6||macOS Big Sur and macOS Monterey||24 Jul 2023|
|iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6||iPhone 8 and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 3rd generation and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 5th generation and later||24 Jul 2023|
|iOS 15.7.8 and iPadOS 15.7.8||iPhone 6s (all models), iPhone 7 (all models), iPhone SE (1st generation), iPad Air 2, iPad mini (4th generation), and iPod touch (7th generation)||24 Jul 2023|
|macOS Ventura 13.5||macOS Ventura||24 Jul 2023|
|macOS Monterey 12.6.8||macOS Monterey||24 Jul 2023|
|macOS Big Sur 11.7.9||macOS Big Sur||24 Jul 2023|
|tvOS 16.6||Apple TV 4K (all models) and Apple TV HD||24 Jul 2023|
|watchOS 9.6||Apple Watch Series 4 and later||24 Jul 2023|