Sure, you can run headlong into the new operating system and play with all the new features as soon as they’re available. That’s the fun of it, right? But there are some good reasons that might stay your hand from clicking the Update button when it pops up.
Why iOS 15 won’t be perfect at launch
The beta release of any version of iOS is intended to help developers identify and squash bugs before the operating system becomes widely available. However, some bugs are likely to slip through to the launch version. Just look at last year’s general release of iOS 14, which reverted users’ default browsers and mail apps every time they restarted their devices, among other glitches.
Bugs and issues just like that have cropped up in the iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 betas, and could still be a problem in the initial general release. And even if these issues don’t completely stop you from using your iPhone or iPad, the bugs will still likely be annoying and disruptive.
Based on our experiences testing the iOS 15 beta, the third build was worse than the ones that came before it. Apps constantly crashed for no reason, and the keyboard would randomly stop working on the iPad Pro. Again, Apple’s development team likely caught and addressed most of those bugs. But if you download on Day 1, you’re setting yourself up to be the live version of a beta tester.
How long should I wait before downloading iOS 15?
Going back to the iOS 14 example, the issue with default apps was taken care of a week later. That’s the window you should look for: Wait a week, maybe two if you want to be super cautious, and then download the new iOS. By that point, most of the early bugs in the overall OS and individual apps should be worked out.
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Don’t wait too long, though
While a certain amount of caution can help you avoid headaches, you shouldn’t be overcautious either. Delaying updates to your operating system for too long can also leave you vulnerable to security flaws. Any operating system updates that are related to security issues — like the iOS 14.8 update released earlier this week — are important to install as soon as possible to keep your device secure.