While all eyes were on the deployment of iOS 15.1 yesterday, another software version has been quietly put online at the same time by Apple. This is iOS 14.8.1. In short, everyone has the choice of installing one or the other of these versions (our tutorial is available right here), of course taking into account their respective contents.
iOS 14.8.1 or iOS 15.1? The differences
Neither iOS 15.1 nor iOS 14.8 are updates that can be considered “major”. The first is nevertheless better provided than the second, given that it contains additional features.
New iOS 15.1:
- SharePlay : to watch a movie or series from Apple TV + with others thanks to the FaceTime app with up to eighteen compatible people, also works with the Apple Music streaming catalog or Podcasts
- HomePod : Lossless audio, Dolby Atmos and Spatial audio become compatible with the speaker
- Photo : possibility to deactivate the automatic macro mode
- Video : shooting available in ProRes format (on iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max only)
- Apple watch : fixed the bug that prevented unlocking the iPhone 13 from the watch with a mask
- Apple Maps : Look Around offers better quality images in some cases
- other bug fixes
New iOS 14.8.1:
- stability improvements
- security enhancements to fight viruses (including sound, WebKit, ColorSync, Kernel, Sidecar, Continuity Camera, CoreGraphics, graphics card drivers and voice control)
It was a little earlier this year that Apple had specified to leave the choice to the users in the updates, but without detailing its real intentions. If we can assume that this is a way to reassure those who prefer to wait to avoid possible technical problems with iOS 15.1, it is in fact possible that the reasons for this strategy are quite different.
Indeed, by dividing its versions of iOS into two distinct “roads”, Apple may be preparing the ground for a future major version which would no longer be compatible with its older smartphones. It is true that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are, for example, still compatible with the Apple operating system today, which has been surprising for several years. But we are not immune to a step forward, which would then make them obsolete.
With iOS 14.8.1, however, Apple would still provide some protection against malware.