The company led by Tim Cook reveals that the option to stay on iOS 14 has always been meant to be temporary.

Apple stopped releasing iOS 14 security updates last week  and was pushing users to upgrade to iOS 15, in contrast to the previous promise to allow users to stay on the previous version of iOS.

Now, the Cupertino-based company has told Ars Technica that the option to stay on iOS 14‌ has always been meant to be temporary . It is not a mistake that there are no more security updates for that version of iOS.

When ‌iOS 15‌ was released, Apple’s features page stated that the company would provide a choice “between two software update versions” in the Settings app and that it would offer security updates for iOS 14 until users were ready to update to the latest version of iOS:

You can update to the latest version of iOS 15 as soon as it’s released for the latest features and the most comprehensive set of security updates. Or stay on iOS 14 and keep getting important security updates until you’re ready to upgrade to the next major version.

However, when ‌iOS 15‌ was released and this information was published, Apple did not make it clear that this was a temporary option , but the company in September 2021 released an updated support document mentioning that the option to stay on . iOS 14 would be available “for a period of time.”

If you are using iOS or iPadOS 14.5 or later, you may have the option to choose between two versions of the software update. This option allows you to choose whether to update to the latest version of iOS or iPadOS 15 as soon as it is released or to continue using iOS or iPadOS 14 and receive important security updates for a certain period of time.

Apple’s latest iOS 14 security update, iOS 14.8.1, was released in October and there will be no subsequent updates . Additionally, the iOS 14.8.1 update is no longer available on an iPhone running iOS 14.8. iOS 15.2.1 is the only update option for all iPhones with iOS 14.

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