When Apple rolled out iOS 15 last year, it also introduced a feature that would allow iPhone users to stay on the previous major version of iOS, while still receiving major security updates that were only available on the latest iOS version. versions included. Simply put, iPhone users can continue to use iOS 14 while receiving all security updates and cannot upgrade to iOS 15.
This can be done simply by toggling the Download new updates and Install security updates setting in the Automatic updates section of the Settings app.
“iOS can now offer a choice between two software update versions in the Settings app. You can update to the latest version of iOS 15 as soon as it’s released for the latest features and the most complete set of security updates. Or continue to iOS 14 and still get critical security updates,” Apple said at the time.
But now the company is not giving that option. Instead, it is forcing iOS 14 users to upgrade to iOS 15. With the release of iOS 15.2 in December, Apple stopped showing the latest security updates for iOS 14 users. For example, iPhones running iOS 14.8 are no longer getting the option to upgrade to iOS 14.8. Instead, the Software Update menu is only showing the option to upgrade to iOS 15.2.
Earlier, users who opted to turn off automatic security updates could only install iOS 14 security updates while getting the option to install iOS 15 as an optional update.
Apple has not confirmed a reason behind the move. However, the decision may be about promoting iOS 15 adoption, which is lower than usual, possibly due to users being allowed to stay on iOS 14. The company has revealed through an update on its developer site that only 72% of all the devices are offered. In the last four years use iOS 15 while 26% are running on iOS 14. Overall, 63% of all Apple devices are running iOS 15 while 30% are running iOS 14.
Apple is no longer letting iPhone users stay on iOS 14, the security update first appeared on BGR India.