iOS 16 gets automatic and standalone security updates alongside Face ID in landscape


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In addition to finally supporting Face ID in landscape orientation on iPhones, Apple will now push standalone security improvements to iOS 16 devices between standard software updates.

This new update allows Apple to fix known security vulnerabilities even faster, which would be critical for fixing bugs discovered shortly after an update exposes potential issues. In theory, this ensures that a security update is pushed to iOS devices between “point updates”, with less overhead for Apple’s codebase administrators.

Additionally, Face ID works in landscape orientation on supported iPhone models in iOS 16. Currently, users need to hold iPhone in portrait orientation to unlock their phone using Face ID.

AppleInsider have contacted Apple for details on what “supported models” means, but have not received a response so far. We successfully tested the feature on an iPhone 13 Pro.

Apple has announced other security updates, including Safety Check, a feature that allows victims to sever potentially dangerous ties to abusers. Users can remotely disable messages on secondary devices, disable location tracking, and more.