Throughout the year, Apple releases successive updates for its various systems, especially iOS. They come with new features and improvements to the existing ones, but most of them are bug fixes and minor issues or security patches, and bug fixes. The main goal of these updates is to provide and maintain a smooth experience for iPhone users. However, some people may ignore downloading the latest updates whether they are forgetful or even busy. Yes, skipping a simple update may not affect the security and overall performance of your iPhone much, but not updating your device for months can hurt it a lot more than you think.
When you buy a new iPhone, you will find it updates the year in which it was issued, for example, the iPhone 13 for the last year, you will find it works with iOS 15, and if you buy an iPhone 8 or X or even 11 without updating it, you will find it updated its year, and you should immediately update it to the latest update, otherwise you are putting your data and device at great risk. Here's what can happen if you don't update your iPhone.
You miss out on bug fixes and general performance improvements
When you do not update your iPhone for several months, you will start to encounter a lot of bugs and performance issues. Let's browse the latest iOS versions and check for bug fixes or improvements that you might have missed.
◉ In the iOS 15.1 update, Apple fixed the issue of incorrectly reporting iPhone out of storage space.
◉ And another bug that caused the weather app not to show the current temperature of their location.
◉ The iPhone was unable to detect nearby Wi-Fi networks.
◉ Then Apple released the iOS 15.2 update, which came with fixes for ProRAW overexposed photos.
◉ And video streaming apps that don't download content on iPhone 13 models.
◉ The latest iOS 15.6 fixes an issue where Braille devices are slow or unresponsive while navigating text in Mail.
These fixes not only remove errors, but also improve the overall performance of the iPhone. As a result, if you don't update, you will still face these issues, while those who have installed the latest iOS version, you will find that they are blessed with a stable and smooth device.
You won't get the best experience if you don't update your iPhone.
Apple tends to add new features with iOS updates
While encountering bugs will be the first thing that happens when you don't update your iPhone, you also won't be able to use the new iOS features. With minor updates like iOS 15.1, iOS 15.2, etc., Apple not only fixes bugs and other issues but also releases new features. for example:
◉ The iOS 15.1 update came with a SharePlay feature, which allows iPhone users to view content from apps such as Apple TV, Apple Music, and other supported platforms during a FaceTime session.
◉ One of the most famous features of the iPhone 13 Pro lineup, the ability to shoot ProRes videos, was released with iOS 15.1 as well.
◉ The ability to unlock iPhone using Face ID while wearing masks was introduced with iOS 15.4, but it works on iPhone 12 and later models
And if you are still using iOS 15.0 or some other older version, you cannot use any of these features and many more like that will come with the upcoming iOS 16 update.
However, this does not mean that you will not be able to access the basic features of the iPhone, everything will work as intended, but it will not improve.
If there is a feature that your iPhone does not support, there is no other way to get it other than to update the iPhone.
Putting your data at risk
Oftentimes, iOS updates contain patches for security vulnerabilities that could allow hackers to gain access to the kernel. This means getting to the core of iOS that manages almost all the processes on your device. It is responsible for managing the hardware resources on your iPhone, such as RAM and CPU. Thus, full control of your device, including storage, all data, and more.
Apple does its best to control such issues, and works to fix the vulnerabilities in a timely manner. However, those vulnerabilities that are actively exploited before the company can fix them are called zero-day vulnerabilities. Then there are other app- and service-specific vulnerabilities such as the Safari web browser, HomeKit, iCloud, and more.
Apple has fixed more than 170 security issues since it released the iOS 15 update, including 39 that were released with iOS 15.6. We don't even count released fixes as part of partial updates.
Thus, you risk your iPhone if you are using an older version of iOS update or even an iPhone 13 with a version older than iOS 15.
Tips for a smooth iPhone update experience
If you change your mind and want to update your iPhone, you should keep a few things in mind.
◉ First, it is always better to create a backup of your data before installing an iOS update. You can create a backup on your MacBook, iCloud, or a computer.
◉ Second, make sure that the iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
◉ Before downloading or installing an update, check if the iPhone has enough battery. If the battery charge is low, your device will tell you to connect to a power source.
◉ Finally, if you are very skeptical about the update, check the Apple support community, social media platforms, and relevant websites for related topics.
◉ If you encounter problems with the update, it is best to wait for Apple to fix it with a sub-update.