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Apple basically forces iOS 14 users to upgrade

Apple made a surprising announcement last year ahead of the launch of iOS 15. Rather than pushing iPhone owners to move to iOS 15 right away, Apple would let them stay on iOS 14 and receive security updates for the foreseeable future. Every device that supports iOS 14 can install iOS 15, but Apple was…

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Apple made a surprising announcement last year ahead of the launch of iOS 15. Rather than pushing iPhone owners to move to iOS 15 right away, Apple would let them stay on iOS 14 and receive security updates for the foreseeable future. Every device that supports iOS 14 can install iOS 15, but Apple was ready to try something new. That was at least the plan. Now the company is seemingly ready to push everyone still on iOS 14 to iOS 15 immediately as adoption lags.

Apple is pushing iOS 14 users to install iOS 15

When Apple first released iOS 15 last September, there were two options available in the Settings app. iPhone owners with supported devices could either download and install the iOS 15 update or stay on iOS 14.8. Choosing the latter would allow the users to stay on iOS 14 until they were ready to update. Here’s how Apple describes the change on the features page for iOS 15 on its website:

iOS now offers two options for software updates 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 most complete set of security updates. Or continue on iOS 14 and still get important security updates.

As MacRumors says, Apple removed the option to stay on iOS 14 when it released iOS 15.2 last month. Initially, we weren’t sure whether or not this was a mistake, but the option didn’t return in iOS 15.2.1 this week. This suggests that Apple is available for everyone to upgrade.

It’s also worth noting that Apple released iOS 14.8.1 in October. This software update contained several security updates that were important for all users who remained behind. As of this week, iOS 14.8.1 is no longer available. If your iPhone is still running iOS 14.8, the only option that you have now is to update to iOS 15.2.1. Apple has not yet provided an explanation, but it seems that the answer is obvious.

Why has Apple changed its policy?

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iPhone 13 Pro display. Image source: Christian de Looper for BGR

On Tuesday, Apple shared the first official iOS 15 adoption numbers on its developer portal. 111 days after launch, iOS 15 is installed on 72% of devices introduced in the last four years. Meanwhile, 63% of all iPhone models have updated to iOS 15. Adoption has been relatively slow for iOS 15.

As 9to5Mac notes, the first iOS 14 figures from Apple came on December 16th, 2020. At that point, 81% of devices from the last four years had alre

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