Yesterday Apple released iOS 15.1, iPadOS 15.1, watchOS 8.1 and macOS Monterey. Today the company released iOS 14.8.1.
The release of iOS 14.8.1 comes as a surprise because it wasn’t beta checked. Apple’s release notes stated that it “offers critical security updates and is recommended for all users.” As always, you can update your iPhone by going to the Settings> General app and selecting Software Update.
iOS 14.8.1 is for iPhone users who do not want to upgrade to iOS 15. In other words, these users can stay on iOS 14 without missing out on security updates.
Apple has released security update notes confirming the fixes for Audio, WebKit, Voice Control, Status Bar, Sidecar, Kernel, GPU Drivers, CoreGraphics, Continuity Camera, ColorSync, and more. In this context, Apple is also introducing iPadOS 14.8.1 for the iPad.
iOS now offers a choice between two software update versions in the Settings app. You can update to the latest iOS 15 as soon as it is released for the latest features and the most comprehensive security updates. Or, continue with iOS 14 and still get critical security updates until you’re ready to upgrade to the next major version.
When it was released, iOS 15 was plagued by several bugs. However, iOS 15.1 fixes most of the bugs. The latest iOS version also fixes a security vulnerability. If your iPhone supports iOS 15, it’s always better to update. If you don’t want to update, security updates like iOS 14.8.1 keep things safe.
iOS 15 offers a host of new features, including Focus Mode, Redesigned Safari, iCloud +, and much more. Check out all of the new iOS 15 features and let us know which is your all-time favorite.