Apple’s announcement of iOS 15 brought a new change that’s officially reflected on Apple’s software update pages. As MacRumors reports, the current iOS 14 will now let you choose whether you want to upgrade to iOS 15 as soon as its released or stick around on iOS 14 while still receiving critical security patches.
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.
Apple does iterate that the most recent firmware will have the “most complete set of security updates” while the previous release will “still get important security updates”.
Historically, Apple has been adamant about iOS updates in the past, quickly disallowing iOS devices to downgrade to a recent update. This made sure that devices stayed with more recent firmware and discouraged downgrading to older software.
This new change gives customers time to update if they have device restrictions or requirements of iOS devices that are managed by an organization like enterprises and schools.
The first iOS 15 developer builds are now available for downloading to a test device. Apple expects to release the public beta sometime in July with the public release expected in the fall.