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The new macOS Ventura 13.2 is now rolling out to users, with improved security features including rapid response updates.
Following the usual multiple beta test releases, macOS 13.2 is now available, and will come pre-installed on all new Macs.
This release is chiefly concerned with beginning the implementation of new security features that Apple has announced it will continue introducing over the next few months.
Consequently, macOS 13.2 features support for using a physical security key with two-factor authentication. On signing in with an Apple ID, users get the option to require a physical hardware key to verify their identity.
Apple’s latest update also brings Rapid Security Response to the Mac.
Now available across Mac, iPhone, and iPad, Rapid Response means that security updates can be made to a Mac urgently. Rather than being included in a regular software update, a security patch can be applied
Added in iOS 16, iPadOS 16.1, and now macOS Ventura, Apple uses Rapid Security Response to issue urgent security patches to users quickly. It’s separate from the regular software updates, and gets applied automatically on restart.