Whether it’s a brand new model bought last week or a device that’s been several years old, the iPhone or iPad you currently own is constantly changing thanks to regular software updates released by Apple. And while these won’t fix your cracked screen or improve your phone’s battery life, they do allow developers to add new features and fix security issues. But according to an Apple executive, there’s something you might want to get into the habit of doing for your devices if you want to protect them. Read on to see what warning the tech giant has for iPhone and iPad users.
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For most people, iOS updates on Apple products happen while you sleep and go completely unnoticed. Of course, most updates don’t add much in the way of significant upgrades or make any changes to how your phone works. But these nightly downloads also provide important fixes to any bugs in your device that could leave it vulnerable to a number of ever-evolving security threats.
However, even these regular updates are usually taken care of automatically, one user noticed that it sometimes took weeks for their device to download the latest patch. “I wrote an e-mail to Craig Federighiwho is the senior vice president of software engineering at Apple, to ask him about [for an] explanation [of] how exactly does iOS’s auto-update feature work”, Reddit user Mateusz Buda wrote in a recent post. “I was inspired to ask her after reading posts on Reddit and news online about customers complaining that [the] iOS auto-update function [was] slow work (sometimes even [a] whole month after the iOS update is released, they get a notification) or don’t work at all (in my case included).”
Shortly after sending his email, Buda received a response from the senior executive explaining how the tech giant approaches each new software release. “We gradually roll out new iOS updates by first making them available to those who explicitly search for them in Settings, then 1-4 weeks later (after receiving feedback on the update) we accelerate the device deployment with auto-update enabled,” Federighi explained.
To some, the response came across as a stern warning that iPhone and iPad users could be left vulnerable to specific security threats for up to a month. According to ForbesApple differentiates itself from its Android competitor by not separating feature updates from essential security patches that the company can prioritize.
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Still, some argue that Apple’s refraining from pushing downloads serves an essential purpose. By gradually rolling out the update to users, the company can catch other bugs before major issues become widespread, Engadget reports. This relatively common tactic allows the company to prevent iPhones or iPads from becoming unusable due to an unseen problem. And by spreading the volume of downloads, the tech giant can also avoid straining its servers, which could cause them to crash.
Fortunately, those who want to secure their devices still have the option of manually downloading the software as soon as it becomes available. To make sure your iPhone or iPad is up to date, tap Settings > General > Software Update and check for available downloads. While this means taking matters into your own hands, it can help catch up on essential patches or fixes, Forbes reports.
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