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Continue to iOS 14 or upgrade to iOS 15? You can choose without sacrificing security

The transition from the current version of iOS to the new one is going to go differently this year, at least for those who want it. Apple indicated that iOS will leave the choice between two different updates in Settings.

You can either upgrade to iOS 15 as soon as the final version is available in September and thus benefit from the changes in the new system, or continue on iOS 14 while receiving important security updates. If you choose the second option, you’ll be free to upgrade to iOS 15 whenever you want.

This new option is not yet visible in iOS 14, it should appear as the final version of iOS 15 approaches. Will this slow down the adoption of iOS 15? Certainly not enough, because Apple preceded this option by activating automatic system updates by default since iOS 14. The majority of users should automatically or almost automatically on iOS 15 when it is released, but those who do will want to stay on iOS 14 for one reason or another so will be able to do so without sacrificing security. A priori, this new option will not be highlighted during configuration, it will have to be found in the settings.

This new possibility should in any case delight those who are reluctant to jump from day one on a major update for fear of bugs – which sometimes happens, it is true. Within the framework of the “anti-waste” law, the idea of ​​imposing a separation between “comfort” updates and security updates was put on the table but was ultimately not retained. “We are tempted to change smartphones because we are forced to download comfort updates at the same time as security updates. In truth, they create confusion when it comes to the use of the device, and sometimes slow it down, because the options that we add without needing them solicit it until they saturate it ”, had defended the deputy François-Michel Lambert (Freedom and Territories group).

Apple has a significant responsibility in this fear of the device slowing down after installing an update, but ever since the performance restriction scandal (which earned it a fine of 25 million euros for failing to install an update). information), the brand treats this phenomenon with more care. The performance of older devices is better captured by newer versions of iOS, and users are better informed about battery conservation measures that can affect speed.

The circular economy law provides for the submission of a report from the government on “Possible avenues to limit the risks of software obsolescence linked to the updates of the operating system and of the software provided at the same time as the purchase of the good as well as to impose a separation between the updates of comfort and the security updates. “ Apple is therefore ahead of this report which would have had to be returned one year ago.

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