It has been known for some time that Apple wanted to continue providing iOS 14 users with security updates. These should protect the community from future risks. But now it seems as if the company from Cupertino, California, has changed its mind. Because instead of upgrading to iOS 15 Apple apparently wants to return to the traditional forced update in the future on a voluntary basis.
Apple: Unwelcome tradition returns with iOS 15.2
Since the release of iOS 15.2 in December 2021, Apple has gone back to patching roots. According to 9to5Mac, the developer released the update to iOS 14.8.1 in October for those iPhones that are not yet running on iOS 15. But now this software version has disappeared from the update options. Confirmations of this can sometimes also be found on Reddit and in the GitHub community.
“Having no information from Apple we can only guess, but the reason is probably security. Take a look at the 15.2 security content page; it fixed a whole bunch of things. It’s possible Apple wants everyone to update for the patches, but on the other hand, why not just release an update for iOS 14?”
Dhinak G (via GitHub)
Apple itself has not yet published a statement on the new old update strategy. However, GitHub user Dhinak G’s assumption could be very close to the truth. Because although the group initially promised ongoing security patches for iOS 14, this involves a not inconsiderable amount of additional work given the complex structure of the operating system.
iOS 15.2.1 and iPadOS 15.2.1 are here
With the new versions for iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, Apple fixes some shortcomings. Users initially complained that images sent via an iCloud link would not load. Carplay also meant that some applications on the iPhone were no longer usable. With the update to iOS 15.2.1, these and other problems should be a thing of the past.
Source: 9to5Mac; GitHub