Apple Pushing Users To Upgrade To iOS 15

Apple is taking a much harder approach to getting users to update to the latest iOS software, taking steps like putting up banners and stopping security updates for iOS 14 in an attempt to push updates to those who have't updated.

iOS 14 and iOS 15 logo clash
iOS 14 was released in September 2020 introducing widgets for the first time on the home screen.

When iOS 15 was released, Apple gave the option to users to continue receiving iOS 14 updates, and not upgrade to iOS 15.

"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's released for the latest features and most complete set of security updates. Or continue on iOS 14 and still get important security updates until you're ready to upgrade to the next major version."

However, Apple's patience for those avoiding ‌iOS 15‌ seems to have dwindled over the last few months, and the company is now pushing iOS 14 users to update. The ‌iOS 15‌ update is no longer a footnote at the bottom of the Software Update section on a device running iOS 14, and Apple has also stopped releasing iOS 14 security updates.

There was a clear option to stay on iOS 14 and receive updates, which appears to have been eliminated with the launch of iOS 15.2. Apple did not reintroduce the 'remain on iOS 14' option in the iOS 15.2.1 update that came out yesterday, which seems to be a clear sign that Apple is now expecting people to upgrade. iPhone users who want to have the latest security protections must now update to ‌iOS 15‌.

Currently, ‌iOS 15‌ is installed on 72% of devices, which is a considerably lower adoption rate than have been seen with prior versions of iOS. ‌iOS 15‌ is available on all of the devices that were able to run iOS 14, and removing the option to stay on iOS 14 will likely spur people to upgrade.