Apple is working on a new method to provide independent iOS security updates

According to the 9to5Mac report, today Apple pushed the iOS 14.5 Beta 4 preview update, and there are some changes hidden in the internal code of the operating system. This time, references found by foreign media indicate that Apple is working on a new method to provide independent iOS security updates.

When it comes to iOS updates, Apple has always been flexible. Although users can choose not to install the update, if you do not install the latest version of iOS available, you will not be able to get a security fix. Although Apple will still update iOS 12 for older iPhones and iPads, the devices currently supported by the company cannot choose to run an operating system with the latest security updates.

A new section has been added to the iOS software update settings menu, indicating that Apple will provide independent security updates for iPhone and iPad users. Users will be able to choose whether to install only security updates or full iOS updates.

Although we don’t have more details about this change, macOS already provides a similar update method. When your Mac is running an older version of the operating system, such as macOS Mojave, Apple will provide security updates separately so that users can get security patches and bug fixes without having to install the latest available version of macOS.

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The new code found in iOS 14.5 also mentions that once you download a specific update, such as a security update, you may need to delete it before installing another available iOS update. It is still difficult to judge how Apple intends to implement this in iOS, but one possibility is to continue to provide security updates for iOS 14 after iOS 15 is released, so that users can choose not to update to the latest major version, but will continue to Receive important security patches.

Last week, Apple released iOS 14.4.1/iPadOS 14.4.1 for iPhone and iPad users. This version only fixes a security vulnerability found in WebKit. This is an example. Apple can provide updates without needing to release a new version of iOS.

As early as 2020, foreign media also discovered that Apple is developing reference materials for new network recovery methods for iOS. However, this feature has not yet been announced by Apple – so don’t expect this new update system to be implemented soon.

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