While Apple has announced and released both iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 for devices dating back to the iPhone 6s from 2017, updating your iPhone from iOS 14 may not be the best move. This is because Apple has limited some of the features and functionality with iOS 15, simply due to incompatibility with the older devices.
iOS may now offer 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.
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How To Stay on iOS 14
Buried in the headlines surrounding the iOS 15 announcement, Apple is doing something that it has never done before. For the first time ever, you don’t have to update your iPhone to the latest version of iOS. Apple is continuing development on iOS 14, as it will continue releasing security updates along with bug fixes for those who don’t want to update.
But chances are that you might be prompted to download and install iOS 15 even if you want to stick to the latest version of iOS 14. Now, you can opt out of iOS 15 altogether, and stick with iOS 14 until Apple stops supporting it. Here’s how you can make sure that you stay on iOS 14 and don’t wake up one day with iOS 15 on your device.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Tap General from the menu.
- Select Software Update.
- Tap Automatic Updates.
- Tap the toggles to the Off position next to the following:
- Download iOS Updates
- Install iOS Updates
By turning both of those toggles off, your iPhone will not download and automatically install the iOS 15 update to your device. Instead, you can keep your iPhone on iOS 14, and then manually check for security and bug fix updates. The process for doing so remains the same as it always has, you just now need to do so manually, instead of letting your iPhone do everything for you in the background.
Should You Upgrade To iOS 15?
There are a lot of cool and useful features available with iOS 15. These include revamped notifications with the ability to create Notification Summaries so you aren’t inundated with useless notifications throughout the day. Focus Mode helps to keep your eyes on the prize, so to speak, making it easy for you to only view and use applications that you need based on either custom or pre-set parameters. Safari has also been overhauled with a controversial new design, but this also brings with it the addition of Safari Extensions to the iPhone and iPad.
However, if you are running a device using anything older than the Apple A12 Bionic, there are some features that just are not accessible even if you update to iOS 15. Here’s a list of what those features and options are:
- FaceTime Features: Spatial Audio and Portrait Mode.
- Apple Maps: AR-enabled walking directions and more detailed maps information.
- Animated Backgrounds in the Weather app.
- Siri: On-device speech processing, personalization, on-device processing, and offline Siri support.
- Keyboard dictation: Limited to 60 seconds for dictation.
- Live Text: Inability to look up text within screenshots or photos.
Some of these features may not matter all that much, so sticking with iOS 14 is likely just fine. But if you own a newer iPhone, you’ll definitely want to update in order to take full advantage of what iOS 15 has to offer.
Andrew is a freelance writer based on the East Coast of the US.
He has written for a variety of sites over the years, including iMore, Android Central, Phandroid, and a few others. Now, he spends his days working for an HVAC company, while moonlighting as a freelance writer at night.