Monday, Sep 20, 2021, 14:56 iOS: Software

iOS 15 – Should I Install Today?

In June, Apple announced the next generation of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2021. As usual, registered developers were immediately given access to pre-release versions - and a month later, Apple also released test versions to interested normal users via the public beta program.

This evening, Apple will release iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15 to all users in their final versions - while Mac users will have to be patient until October or November, when macOS Monterey will be available in its final version. Around 1 p.m. Eastern time, some users will ask themselves the question: Should I switch to the new version immediately? This depends on a few factors, whether it makes sense to switch soon or not.

Public tests
For several years now, Apple has been letting major versions be tested via the Apple Public Beta Program and receives a lot of feedback and problem reports from users. As a result, many problems are discovered and fixed before the final versions are released. Although Apple rarely released problematic updates in recent years, there remains a residual risk that bugs made it into the final version despite the large-scale public testing.

Third-party apps and accessories
If you depend on a lot of apps or accessories from third-party manufacturers, you should better postpone the immediate change for a while. Actually, all apps that run under iOS 14 should also do their job under iOS 15 - Apple did not remove any major interfaces or environments that prevent them from running. However, since numerous APIs have been adapted, difficulties can still occur. Here, it is advisable to wait a certain amount of time before problem reports reach the public. In the past, apps from banks often caused problems with major new operating system versions.

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Backup!
If you've decided to make the switch soon, you should back up your iPhone or iPad before installing it - either via iCloud or locally on your Mac or PC. If iOS 15 is installed and no backup is available, switching back to iOS 14 while retaining all settings and data would be out of the question. If a backup is available and important apps are on strike under iOS 15, at least a switch back to iOS 14 is possible without enormous effort - but you should still allow some time here, since installing and restoring the backup also involves a long wait.

Switch immediately?
If you do not depend on the devices for your job and can live without a certain app or accessory device for some time in an emergency, there is little to be said against an immediate switch - if you hope for an advantage from the new functions of the operating systems. If you want to rule out severe problems, it is advisable to wait a few days and observe the coverage, forums and social media to see if problem reports point to difficulties.

If you hardly see an advantage in terms of new features, a later upgrade is not associated with any disadvantages: If Apple has fixed most of the problems with iOS 15.0.1, 15.0.2 or even 15.1, and third-party manufacturers have enough opportunity to fix reported bugs, the risk of difficulties is significantly lower.

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