Apple’s announcement of iOS 15 brought a new change that is officially reflected on Apple’s software update pages. As MacRumors reports, the current iOS 14 will now let you choose whether to upgrade to iOS 15 as soon as it is released or stick to iOS 14 while still receiving critical security fixes.
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 to the latest features and most complete set of security updates. Or continue on iOS 14 and still get important security updates until you are ready to upgrade to the next major version.
Apple reiterates that the latest firmware will have the “most complete set of security updates”, while the previous release “still gets important security updates”.
Historically, Apple has been determined on iOS updates in the past and has quickly allowed iOS devices to downgrade to a recent update. This ensured that devices came with newer firmware and discouraged downgrading to older software.
This new change gives customers time to update if they have device restrictions or requirements for iOS devices managed by an organization such as businesses and schools.
The first iOS 15 developer builds are now available for download to a test device. Apple expects to release the public beta sometime in July with the public release expected in the fall.