Apple has confirmed that it has stopped releasing updates for iOS 14, potentially exposing millions of iPhone users to hackers.
A spokesperson told ArsTechnica on Wednesday that fans need to update their devices to iOS 15 – a newer version of the operating system – to continue receiving important security patches.
Those patches fix any vulnerabilities, bugs, or other problems in the software that crooks could exploit to gain access to your device.
When Apple released iOS 15 in September, the Cupertino tech giant said that the upgrade was optional for those looking to stick with iOS 14.
The company says that older systems will continue to receive updates for “a period of time” to ensure users remain protected from security threats.
However, that goodwill seems to have dried up. Last week, 9to5Mac reported that Apple was no longer allowing users to stay in iOS 14.
The last security update for the operating system – iOS 14.8.1 – was rolled out in October, but users can no longer update to that version, the tech site said.
Instead, Apple has reverted to the traditional update method, in which users must install the latest version of the operating system (in this case, iOS 15) to receive security improvements.
An Apple spokesperson later confirmed that was the case, saying that ongoing security updates for iOS 14 are always temporary.
According to data analytics firm Mixpanel, as of December, about 36% of the more than one billion iPhones worldwide were running iOS 14.
That means hundreds of millions of people will be forced to upgrade to iOS 15 or expose them to security threats.
The change is said to have been made after the release of iOS 15.2 in December 2021.
Which iPhones are compatible with iOS 15.2?
The update is available to anyone using an iPhone 6S or later, as well as owners of the 7th generation iPod touch.
If you’re using an iPhone that can’t be updated to iOS 15.2, it’s important that you consider upgrading.
Switching to a newer iPhone means you’ll be able to get the latest security updates.
Using older models that can’t keep up to date with the latest security fixes is a huge risk – and one that shouldn’t be taken lightly.
How to update to iOS 15.2
If you have a compatible device and your iPhone hasn’t updated automatically, you can download iOS 15.2 by following a few easy steps.
Before you begin, make sure that your iPhone is backed up and that you’re connected to WiFi.
Open Settings, tap “General” and then “Software Update”.
The update may appear on the screen if it’s ready for your phone, and you can tap “Install Now” to get it.
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