Apple is releasing iOS 14.8 to the general public today for iPhone owners, only days before iOS 15 is expected to be launched. Analytics and Xcode data have previously indicated that iOS 14.8 was in the works, and it is now available alongside iPadOS 14.8.
The build number for today’s iOS 14.8 release is 18H17. By heading to the Settings app, selecting General, and then Software Upgrade, you may update your iPhone. Apple is also releasing iPadOS 14.8 today for iPad owners.
Because iOS 14.8 was not beta tested, consumers are getting a surprise rollout. The update “provides essential security upgrades and is recommended for all users,” according to Apple’s release notes.
Apple unveiled iOS 13.7 on September 1 last year, only two weeks before the public release of iOS 14 on September 16. Another thing to keep in mind this year is that Apple has already said that customers would have the option of switching to iOS 15 as soon as it is available, or sticking on iOS 14 while still receiving crucial security upgrades.
iOS now offers a choice between two software update versions in the Settings app. You can update to the latest version of iOS 15 as soon as it’s released for the latest features and most complete set of security updates. Or continue on iOS 14 and still get important security updates until you’re ready to upgrade to the next major version.