Over the weekend, there were reports that a bug in the Safari browser’s WebKit engine could allow websites to track users’ browsing history. Furthermore, this bug also allows websites to identify information through the browser. Simply put, the bug exposes the user’s identity through the Safari browser.
Now, there is an official response from Apple regarding this issue. WebKit submission information shows that Apple now provides a fix for this bug. However, the company is yet to release this update to users because Apple wants to add this solution to the new version updates of macOS Monterey, iOS 15, and iPadOS 15.
It is important to note that WebKit is an open source engine for Apple’s browser. Since Apple requires Chrome and Edge browsers on iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 to use this engine, users who are not using the Safari browser may also be affected by this. Users of lower versions of iOS do not need to worry, this problem only exists in iOS 15 and later.
Apple now force users to upgrade to iOS 15
The upgrade rate of iOS 15 is not very high and this is obviously unbearable for Apple. To this end, the company is taking some drastic measures. Apple’s patience with those who shy away from iOS 15 seems to have dwindled over the past few months. The company is now pushing iOS 14 users to update their devices. On smartphones running iOS 14, iOS 15 updates are no longer a footnote at the bottom of the “Software Updates” section. One drastic measure Apple is taking is that it is no longer releasing iOS 14 security updates.
Last week Apple released an update to iOS 15. Unlike the past, this time they have no option to re-launch to stay on iOS 14. In other words, they are forcing users to upgrade to iOS 15. For example, Apple released iOS 14.8.1 with security updates in October. On iPhones still running iOS 14.8, the update to iOS 14.8.1 is no longer available, and Apple only offers iOS 15.2.1 as an installation option. iOS 15 is available on all devices capable of running iOS 14, and removing the option to stay on iOS 14 may spur people to upgrade.
iOS 15 installation is worse than iOS 13 and iOS 14
Since the official announcement of iOS 15, millions of iPhone users have upgraded to this new system. Apple announced the data on the number of installations of iOS 15 for the first time. The results show that among the iPhone models launched in the last four years, the current share of iOS 15 is 72%. Furthermore, the share of iOS 14 is 26% and the remaining 2% is for an older system. If you include models released four years ago, iOS 15 has a 63% share of all-device installations. In addition, the iOS 14 currently has 30% while the remaining 7% are sticking with older versions.