The release of iOS 15 should be a significant event for mobile operating systems. And yet, this year, there’s no breakthrough feature or overarching theme that makes this release stand out. Apple has focused on quality-of-life updates as well as new features for its own apps.
The result is a solid update that is not going to be controversial. Some people are going to take advantage of the new Focus feature. They’ll spend a lot of time customizing their phone to make it as personal as possible. Other people are just going to miss or dismiss the new features.
This year’s update is also slightly different because you don’t have to update to iOS 15. If you’re OK with iOS 14, Apple won’t force you to make the jump to iOS 15. You’ll still receive security patches. Some people will simply dismiss iOS 15 altogether.
It seems like a small change, but it actually says a lot about the current state of iOS. Apple considers iOS as a mature platform. Just like you don’t have to update your Mac to the latest version of macOS if you don’t want to, you can now update at your own pace.
iOS should also be considered as a mature platform for app developers. iOS 15 adoptions will be slower than usual as people won’t necessarily update to iOS 15 immediately. Apps should potentially work on older iOS versions for longer.
Of course, users will ‘update’ to a new version of iOS when they buy a new iPhone and replace their old iPhone. But Apple has, And people who pre-ordered the iPhone 13 will get iOS 15.