What you need to know
- One disgruntled user emailed Apple's Craig Federighi to ask why auto-update on iPhone never seems to function.
- Craig actually responded to explain how it works.
- Turns out that Apple rolls out auto-updates incrementally over several weeks.
Apple's SVP of Software Engineering has revealed to one curious customer why Apple's auto-updates feature on iPhone doesn't work the way you'd expect.
One user on Reddit emailed Craig Federighi to ask about Apple's iOS auto-update system, which it uses to roll out the latest versions of iOS 15 to users on its best iPhones, including the iPhone 12 and iPhone 13. 'Kechoopix' stated:
The email has the rather hilarious subject line 'iOS auto-update feature (does it even work?). Craig responded:
That means that when Apple releases a software update, some auto-update users might be waiting up to a month before they receive it on their iPhones, with the fastest way to update apparently the manual option.
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I thought everyone knew this already and it's obvious that this is how it *should* work. If you heard about the update and want it, you check to see if it's available in settings. If you aren't doing that, then obviously you don't really care that much so they'll send it to you later, right? Also ... if you only realised a *month* later that you didn't get the update, then how badly do you want it? Aren't you really just complaining for the sake of complaining?
Exactly. If Apple pushed the update to all its users at once it would literally break the internet. Lol. Staggered role out of auto updates is how software is distributed. Standard best practice. It’s how windows has been doing it for years. This is another non-story.
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