Apple has sent out iOS 15.7 and macOS 12.6 security updates, with patches already installed in iOS 16

Apple has sent out iOS 15.7 and macOS 12.6 security updates, with patches already installed in iOS 1 ...

Apple has released the next major iterations of several operating systems for its devices. However, among the most recent versions, the company has also issued some minor incremental updates for previous iOS and macOS versions.

Apple has started seeding watchOS 9, tvOS 16, and iOS 16. Around the world, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and iPhone devices should begin receiving these updates. However, Apple has also issued several minor upgrades for older operating systems, including iOS 15.7, iPadOS 15.7, and macOS Monterey 12.6.

Apple iPad devices will receive iPadOS 16 and Macs will receive the macOS Ventura later this year. Apple obviously did not want these devices to be exposed to security concerns, which are patched in the new versions of the OS, but aren''t yet fully ready for deployment.

On the other hand, the iOS 15.7 update ensures that older iPhones that cannot run iOS 16 will be enhanced with security updates. In particular, the iPhone 6S and iPhone 7 series, along with the original iPhone SE, will be patched, but the iOS 16 version will not be received.

Moreover, these incremental updates for iOS 15 offer people who don''t want to upgrade to iOS 16, a way to get security updates. Apple adopted a similar approach when it released iOS 15. This allowed people to depreciate the iOS 15 update without risking their devices and data. It is possible that Apple might also push all iOS users to update to iOS 16 in the next few months.