At One More Thing, we would never advise you to uninstall an update, especially if it has to do with security. Yet Apple is now doing just that for the iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Earlier this week, Apple released updates for iOS 16.5.1, iPadOS 16.5.1 and macOS 13.4.1 that use the Rapid Security Response system. These updates were supposed to fix security issues through WebKit. Apple itself took those updates offline again, and the big question, of course, is why.
A faulty update from Apple
Apple had the updates online for several hours, and then they disappeared again. And Apple has a reason why it’s doing this. It explains it in a special support document for those users who did install the update during the time it was online.
Apple says it is aware of an issue on iPhone, iPad and Mac where some websites may not display correctly. That may sound like a minor problem, but some users are still affected.
The bug would cause certain apps such as Facebook, Instagram and Zoom to stop working, users report on forums such as Reddit. It’s a problem you obviously don’t want if you use those apps often on your iPhone.
Here’s how to uninstall the latest version on iPhone, iPad and Mac
Are you having problems since Apple’s security update? Then you would do well to uninstall the update from your iPhone, iPad or Mac. You may not know exactly how to do this, so we’ll explain it to you below.
Apple has pulled the Rapid Security Responses released earlier today.
There are reports on the MacRumors forums that it broke certain apps such as Facebook, Instagram, Zoom, to name a few.
– Aaron (@aaronp613) July 11, 2023
On the iPhone, it goes as follows: go to Settings > General > Info. Press iOS version there. In this screen, you can undo the installation of the update, returning you to the old version of iOS 16.5.1 on your phone. It works the same way on your iPad.
On your Mac, it works a little differently. To do this, go to the Apple menu at the top left and click About this Mac > More Info. Under the macOS heading, you’ll find an info button. Click that, and then uninstall and reboot. Then everything should work smoothly again.