New Update July 2023 security updates for Apple devices


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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.

Apple security updates and Rapid Security Responses​

Name and information linkAvailable forRelease date
Safari 16.6macOS Big Sur and macOS Monterey24 Jul 2023
iOS 16.6 and iPadOS 16.6iPhone 8 and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 3rd generation and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 5th generation and later24 Jul 2023
iOS 15.7.8 and iPadOS 15.7.8iPhone 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 13.5macOS Ventura24 Jul 2023
macOS Monterey 12.6.8macOS Monterey24 Jul 2023
macOS Big Sur 11.7.9macOS Big Sur24 Jul 2023
tvOS 16.6Apple TV 4K (all models) and Apple TV HD24 Jul 2023
watchOS 9.6Apple Watch Series 4 and later24 Jul 2023
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