Whenever a new stable version of an Apple operating system appears, we notify you: it is very important to keep our devices up to date. This is why the company itself wants these updates to be done automatically and this option is enabled by default.
Not updating iOS on your iPhone by postponing the installation of new versions, either for lack of space or for sheer laziness has its consequences, which may seem minimal at first but over time they can become big problems.
No news, no correct timing and no security
First of all, actively ignoring or slowing down updates will initiate a loop. In this one, on a daily basis, the iPhone will remind you that you need to update at some time of the day (it will surely suggest to do it at night), and you will say no. Welcome to your new daily system update routine with at least one interruption per day.
Not having all of our Apple devices with the latest possible version of their systems may result in compatibility issues between applications and services. Syncing notes or reminders in iCloud, for example, will depend on whether or not you have the latest version of iOS on your iPhone. You won’t be able to see your notes in the rest of your devices if you don’t update them.
Of course, one of the most important effects is safety. Apple updates iOS to protect against vulnerabilities and security attacks that appear regularly, and if we stick to older versions we will be defenseless against the deceptions of Phishing and other types of malware. iOS and the App Store are very secure, but no operating system is perfect.
You will also not be able to enjoy the latest software and hardware news. from Apple. A quick example: if we see the launch of AirTags soon, we will have to upgrade to iOS 14.5, iPadOS 14.5 and macOS Big Sur 11.3. If you don’t update these systems you can buy all the AirTags you want, they won’t work for you.
Therefore, we insist: always, always try to have the latest version of iOS on your iPhone. And we are extending it to the rest of operating systems and Apple devices. It also forces you to perform regular maintenance tasks (like having a minimum of free space or always remembering your access codes and passwords), which means in the long run that your iPhone will be in better condition for longer. There is no healthier habit.