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iOS 14 with Security Updates not Available now for Apple Users

Apple was working on a new approach to send alternate Security upgrades to iPhone and iPad customers even before the iOS 15 announcement, according to 9to5Mac. Later, the company stated that consumers who were not ready to upgrade to iOS 15 would receive patches for iOS 14, however this appears to no longer be the case. For whatever reason, Apple has reversed course and is no longer allowing consumers to continue on iOS 14 with Security updates.

Instead, it has reverted to the old manner of updating, in which customers are required to install the most recent version of the operating system (iOS 15) in order to receive Security updates. The modification was applied with the release of iOS 15.2 in December 2021, as we mentioned earlier today (via GitHub). On October 26, 2021, Apple published iOS 14.8.1 for devices not running iOS 15, but the update is no longer available.

Devices using iOS 14.8 or earlier versions of the operating system cannot be updated to iOS 14.8.1, according to 9to5Mac. The Software Update menu, on the other hand, only shows the iOS 15.2.1 update. Previously, iOS 15 was displayed as an optional upgrade, with customers having the option of installing only the iOS 14 Security fixes. While it’s possible that this is merely a bug, Apple hasn’t published any more Security patches for iOS 14 users since October.

Apple released iOS 15 adoption stats for the first time earlier today, and they’re fewer than normal — maybe as a result of allowing people to continue on iOS 14. Although the business has not acknowledged or denied anything, it is possible that it has reconsidered its decision to provide alternate updates to those who do not wish to upgrade to the most recent version of iOS.

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