The code detected in the latest beta version of iOS 14.5 indicates that a company Apple is planning a major policy change that will allow users to download security updates separately from OS updates.
Among all the new features introduced with iOS 14.5, the fourth beta release for developers, there are also some hidden changes in the operating system’s internal code.
Was found Site 9to5Mac has references indicating that Apple is working on a new way to provide standalone security updates for iOS.
And Apple has never been flexible when it comes to iOS updates, and while users can choose not to install the update, that means you won’t get security updates if you don’t install the latest available iOS version.
Although Apple is still updating the iOS 12 operating system for older iPhones and iPads, the devices currently supported by the company do not have the option to run this OS with the latest security updates.
The new section added to the iOS software update list indicates that Apple is moving to provide standalone security updates for iPhone and iPad users, so users can choose whether they want to install only security updates or full iOS updates.
Although more details about this change aren’t available yet, macOS offers a similar approach for updates.
And when you have a Mac running an older version of the operating system, such as macOS Mojave, Apple offers separate security updates so that users can get security patches and bug fixes without having to install the latest available version of macOS.
The new code within iOS 14.5 also indicates that after downloading a specific update, such as a security update, you may need to delete it before installing another available iOS update.
It is difficult to know how Apple plans to implement this in the iOS operating system, but one possibility is to continue to provide security updates to iOS 14 after the release of iOS 15, so that users can choose not to update to the latest major release, while still receiving important security patches.