Apple will still release security updates for iOS 14 after iOS 15 comes out

Apple releases major operating system updates for its devices on a now well-known annual schedule, and whether it’s new features or improved security, the best strategy is to get them installed as soon as possible.

The reality, however, is that sometimes changes to certain third-party apps or devices can be devastating, sometimes organizational constraints keep users from updating immediately, and sometimes going through bugs that require patching in quickly released .0.1 updates – like with iOS 11.0.1, 12.0.1 and 14.0.1.

For some reason, some users may feel more comfortable sticking with their current OS version for a while, and as part of its WWDC event, the company announced that this time around, you can stick with iOS 14 after iOS 15 released. MacRumors points out a note in the iOS 15 Preview feature list that explains how things work.


Software updates

iOS now offers 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 is released for the latest features and the most comprehensive security updates. Or, continue with iOS 14 and still get critical security updates until you’re ready to upgrade to the next major version.

Now, you can still get necessary security updates without relearning a new operating system version or potentially corrupting data in apps that don’t work well with iOS 15.

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