Apple says that 72% of iPhones released in the past four years have been updated to iOS 15, a notable drop from iOS 14.
The company released its iOS 15 installation numbers for the first time since its release in September, and more people than usual are using the latest version of the software four months after it became available.
The January 2022 iPhone numbers are comparable to 81% of phones over the past four years when measured in December 2020. So that’s about 10% fewer updates to Apple’s latest software.
Why could this be? Well, Apple has delayed the launch of a number of major iOS 15 features by several months. SharePlay and Digital Legacy features weren’t launched initially, and users are still waiting for Universal Control. So there wasn’t much incentive to jump aboard immediately with the new features.
In addition, for the first time, Apple made it possible for users to stay on iOS 14 and retain access to all key security updates if, for whatever reason, they were happy with their current software.
At the time, the company said, “iOS now offers a choice between two versions of the software update in the Settings app. You can update to the latest iOS 15 as soon as it’s released to get the latest features and the most comprehensive set of security updates. Or, keep using iOS 14 and still get important security updates until you’re ready to upgrade to the next major release.”
Now it seems that Apple is rethinking this strategy. As MacRumors indicates that this footnote no longer exists in the iPhone or iPad software update section. With the release of iOS 15.2, Apple removed the ability to download the security update for iOS 14. The latest is iOS 14.8.1 with security updates released in October.