Current IOS Version Recommendation

This page contains the most current Senior Tech Club recommandations about IOS updates.  Look to this page for insight and our recommendations about the latest IOS updates.

The recommendations are simple:

  • Wait – Indicates that the recommendation is to wait before updating.  This recommendation can change with either a fix release or more information from the marketplace
  • Upgrade – Indicates that an upgrade or update is recommended.  Enjoy the new features and stability.

The tabs below identify our current recommendations on IOS and iPadOS updates.

 

IOS Upgrade Principles

The Senior Tech Club has two principles that guide our recommendations on IOS upgrades.

  1.  IOS Upgrades are good and will bring new features, bug and security fixes that are important.  We want to upgrade when possible.
  2. IOS Upgrades will occasionally bring bugs and other unintended flaws and interruptions.  We generally like the idea of letting the marketplace judge an upgrade before we upgrade.  It’s good to wait a few days before upgrading.  This means turn off Auto-Upgrade.   See How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates

IOS & iPadOS Recommendations

IOS 14.5.1 – The IOS Update with App Tracking Transparency

by | May 17, 2021

IOS 14.5.1 is recommended for iPhones 6s and later.  (Check Compatibility)

IOS 14 was a major update to the iPhone device and additional functions continue to added to the version since it was released in September 2020.

IOS 14.5.1 was a bug fix for version 14.5 with the latest version released on May 3, 2021.   

This version is recommended by the Senior Tech Club.

The most significant change to 14.5.01 is the addition of App Tracking Transparency.  This is a new privacy requirement where app developers must ask you for permission before tracking your activity outside of its own app.  Previously, there were apps that would track your iPhone activity for the purpose of advertising.  With this release, you will discover prompts where apps must ask for your permission to track your activity. 

 

See Apple’s IOS Announcement site for more details about each version since IOS 14.  

I  found no issues with the update and the process took about 60 minutes.   I also found no issues in the week following the release. 

Learn about our upgrade principles and track our upgrade recommendations online at: IOS Version Recommendation.

Upgrade Recommended!

iPadOS 14.5.1 – The iPadOS Update with App Tracking Transparency

by | May 17, 2021

iPadOS 14.5.1 is a recommended upgrade for newer iPads.  (Check Compatibility)

iPadOS 14 was a major update to the iPhone device and additional functions continue to added to the version since it was released in September 2020.

iPadOS 14.5.1 was a bug fix for version 14.5 with the latest version released on May 3, 2021.   

This version is recommended by the Senior Tech Club.

The most significant change to iPadOS 14.5.01 is the addition of App Tracking Transparency.  This is a new privacy requirement where app developers must ask you for permission before tracking your activity outside of its own app.  Previously, there were apps that would track your your activity for the purpose of advertising.  With this release, you will discover prompts where apps must ask for your permission to track your activity. 

 

See Apple’s IPadOS Release Notes site for more details.  

I  found no issues with the update and the process took about 40 minutes.   I also found no issues in the week following the release. 

Learn about our upgrade principles and track our upgrade recommendations online at: IOS Version Recommendation.

Upgrade Recommended!

IOS 12.5.3 – Recommended for older iPhones and iPads

by | May 17, 2021

IOS 12.5.3 – Recommended

This IOS update is for older devices and includes important security fixes that were not specifically identified by Apple.  This update is recommended on your older iPhone.

The devices that can support this update are:   iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch 6th generation.

Normally the updates for older versions of IOS are for security fixes.  However, one exception for version 12.5 was the addition of the function that lets you opt-in to the COVID-19 Exposure Notifications system for your iPhone. System availability depends on support from your local public health authority. For more information see covid19.apple.com/contacttracing

Learn about our upgrade principles and track our upgrade recommendations online at: IOS Version Recommendation.

Additional Information

Apple Support:  About IOS 14 Updates

Apple Support:  About iPadOS 14 Updates

Apple Support:  About IOS 12 Updates – for older iPhones

 

 

The Senior Tech Club has extensively covered the topic of IOS Versions and upgrades.  The table below lists our Recipes and Nuggets on this topic:

Related Senior Tech Club Recipes and Nuggets

NumberTitle
How to Perform an IOS Software Update
014How to Perform an IOS Software Update
What Version of IOS am I running?
013What Version of IOS am I running?
How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates
N36How to turn Off Automatic IOS Updates
Current IOS Version Recommendation
N32Current IOS Version Recommendation
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