Apple will take a web page out of Google’s software program replace playbook with iOS and iPadOS: separate safety and OS updates.
The Cupertino, California-based tech firm confirmed the change to the way it handles updates on the iOS 15 preview web page. Under the ‘Settings’ part, the preview web page notes that customers will have the ability to select between updating to iOS 15 when it arrives this fall or sticking with iOS 14. While clients have all the time had a option to improve or not, this time Apple says it should ship “important security updates” to iOS 14 till customers are able to replace to iOS 15:
“iOS now offers a choice between two software update versions in the Settings app. You can update to the latest version of iOS 15 as soon as it’s released for the latest features and most complete set of security updates. Or continue on iOS 14 and still get important security updates until you’re ready to upgrade to the next major version.”
An analogous message seems on the iPadOS 15 preview web page. It’s a major change which means individuals cautious of breaking one thing by updating can stick to the older and certain extra steady software program till they’re able to replace with out lacking out on any safety updates. In the previous, individuals who opted to remain on older variations of iOS have been left susceptible due to probably unpatched safety flaws.
While the change is sweet, it stays to be seen if Apple makes use of it to push out safety updates at a sooner tempo. Google adopted a two-tier strategy to software program updates on Android years in the past principally due to fragmentation. By splitting OS upgrades and safety updates, Google and Android producers might get important safety patches to customers sooner.
Now, Google rolls out month-to-month safety patches. While not each Android cellphone will get a month-to-month safety replace — some producers will bundle a number of months collectively and ship them all of sudden — it typically permits Android customers to get important updates rapidly.
Hopefully Apple presents extra common safety updates and improves the iOS replace expertise too
It’d be nice to see Apple undertake the same technique with speedy safety patches alongside slower characteristic upgrades. At the identical time, I hope Apple takes time to enhance the replace expertise on iOS. Most Android updates are pretty easy due to ‘seamless updates,’ a characteristic that shops two copies of Android on a tool — ‘A’ and ‘B’ partitions.
Android will run on the A partition and, when an replace is obtainable, obtain and apply it to the B partition. Then, customers simply reboot the cellphone. When it begins again up, it hundreds the up to date B partition, which turns into the brand new main partition. Not solely does this velocity issues up, nevertheless it presents a fallback if one thing goes unsuitable after an replace.
Plus, it makes updates much less interruptive, not like on iOS the place it’s important to obtain the replace and restart the cellphone and wait whereas it applies the modifications.