It was announced last week that Apple stopped releasing security updates for iOS 14, urging all users of an older version of the system to update to the current iOS 15. This can be seen as a breach of the promise to allow users to stay on iOS 14 that the company made during the time iOS 15 was presented. However, Apple sees the situation differently.
Apple today told ArsTechnica that the ability to stay on iOS 14 and receive security updates without upgrading to iOS 15 has always been viewed by the company as a temporary solution. The fact that the previous version of the operating system no longer receives updates is not a bug. Support for iOS 14 has actually ended.
When iOS 15 was released, Apple informed users that they had two software update options to choose from and that it would offer security updates for iOS 14 until people were ready to upgrade. Apparently, according to Apple, that moment has already come.
Users who have not updated their devices to iOS 14.8.1 released in October will no longer be able to install this version of the operating system. iOS 15.2.1 is currently the only update option for all iPhones running iOS 14.
Last week, Apple released official statistics that iOS 15 is not as popular as iOS 14 was a year ago. The end of iOS 14 support should push users to upgrade to iOS 15. All devices that support the previous version of the operating system are compatible with the current operating system.