San Francisco: Tech giant Apple has stopped code signing for iOS 15, effectively preventing users from downgrading to the now-out-of-date operating system.
As AppleInsider reports, the stoppage comes after Apple stopped signing in for iOS 14.8 and left the recently released iOS 15.0.1 as the only upgrade option.
Launched late last month, iOS 15 is Apple’s next-generation operating system that introduces a number of new features, improvements and user interface modifications.
New features include live text and visual look up, focus, upgraded Apple Maps, Health app updates, iCloud+ integration, a Safari redesign, and more.
Apple released iOS 15.0.1 in early October to address iPhone 13 hardware problems, including a bug that prevented users from unlocking the handset with the Apple Watch. Some vulnerabilities like lock screen bypass were also fixed.
With the release of iOS 15, Apple is no longer forcing users to adopt the latest and greatest OS to access security updates.
Device owners who choose to stay on iOS 14 are offered regular updates as part of a separate release track and will see two software update options in Settings, one with bug fixes for the latest iOS 14 version. And another for iOS 15.
While users on the iOS 15 Track can update to iOS 15.0.1, those who remained on iOS 14 and did not install iOS 14.8 have no recourse but to wait for a subsequent security update from Apple.