Apple Suspends Security Updates For iOS 14 To Force Users To Upgrade To iOS 15

At the end of last year, Apple released the iOS 15 upgrade to its iPhone operating system. Although the majority of compatible iPhone owners installed the new update swiftly, some users have yet to do so, and Apple wants to force its consumers to do so as soon as possible.

Apple has previously stated that iOS 14 customers will continue to receive security upgrades, however it appears that this has changed. According to our friends at 9to5mac, Apple is likely to revert to the old update approach, in which customers are obliged to install the most recent version of the software in order to receive security updates.

Despite the fact that iOS 15 was released with the new iPhone 13s late last year, Apple released a new iOS 14.8.1 update for its iPhones, which repaired a severe security problem. However, it appears that the update is no longer available for iOS 14.8 users, as it is no longer available for download.

In other words, unless iOS 14 users upgrade to iOS 15, they will not be protected against new security flaws. Apple is said to have made this choice in order to increase adoption. iOS 15 is the latest version of Apple’s mobile Because the manufacturer permitted consumers to stay on the prior version, the adoption rate was substantially lower than previous versions.

Despite the fact that iOS 14 is no longer secure, iOS 15 includes a number of security flaws. Researchers uncovered a way to make the iPhone’s operating system create undetected spyware earlier this month. In addition, Apple has patched a significant weakness in HomeKit that could cause iPhones and iPads to become unusable.

iOS 15

This is the latest version of iOS. According to Apple’s official data, 72 percent of all iPhones issued in the last four years, including the iPhone 13 series, iPhone 12 series, iPhone 11 series, and iPhone X series, are now running iOS 15, with 63 percent of all iPhones running the most recent Apple operating system.

The issue is that adoption is far lower than in prior iterations. Indeed, iOS 14 was compatible with 81 percent of compatible devices from the preceding four years in December 2020. Prior to the release of iOS 14, iOS 13 had a 77 percent adoption rate at the same period. With only 72 percent of people upgrading, it appears that many users decided to stick with iOS 14, which received security improvements.

Despite the fact that the adoption rate is lower than in past years, it is still significantly higher than that of newer Android versions. Indeed, we saw last year that Android 11 was only used on a quarter of smartphones, compared to roughly three-quarters of consumers who were using Apple’s iOS 15.

Apple also reported that iOS 14 is installed on 26% of iPhones released in the last four years, and 30% of all iPhones are still running iOS 14. Furthermore, only 2% of iPhones released in the last four years are running iOS 13, and only 7% of all iPhones have been upgraded to iOS 14 or higher.

The issue is significantly worse on the tablet side. Indeed, the iPad’s newest OS installation numbers are significantly lower. Only 57 percent of iPads released in the last four years run iPadOS 15, with the remaining 39 percent running iPadOS 14 and 4% running previous versions. iPadOS 15 is currently installed on 49 percent of all iPads, whereas iPadOS 14 and iPadOS 13 or lower are installed on 37 and 14 percent of all iPads, respectively.

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