THERE IS a quick and easy way to get iPhone updates before your friends — but use caution.
A top Apple executive revealed this week why you should wait for new versions of iOS to roll out automatically.
Apple releases improved versions of the iPhone operating system about every few weeks.
They mostly offer bug fixes and security patches, although more significant updates add new tools and features to your device.
The vast majority of Apple fans are waiting for their iPhone to update automatically – the default way to update your iOS.
However, some choose to download updates manually instead by going to Settings > General > Software update.
By doing this as soon as updates are available, users can get the latest version of iOS weeks before the automatic rollout.
It’s a great way to get new features long before your friends wait for their iPhones to update themselves.
However, the sneaky trick has a catch.
A Redditor earlier this week divided an email sent to him by Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior VP of software engineering.
User “Kechoopix” said he originally sent Federighi a question about how Apple’s auto-update platform works.
The longtime employee said the delay in automatic updates allows Apple to get user feedback before rolling out the upgrade more broadly.
The company then improves the update based on that feedback to iron out bugs and other issues before general release.
“We are gradually rolling out new iOS updates by making them available first to those who explicitly look for them in Settings,” Federighi wrote.
“One to four weeks later (after we receive feedback on the update), start rolling out on devices with auto-update enabled.”
So what does this mean for those who update manually? Well, you might experience a bumpier ride.
The early rollout has more bugs and other issues than the one released to auto-update users.
This could make for a more frustrating experience. However, you can consider this a small price to pay for early access.
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