Apple just issued this major warning to all iPhone and iPad users

Whether it’s a new model bought last week or an old device that barely clings to life, the iPhone or iPad you currently own is constantly changing thanks to the regular software updates Apple releases. And while that might not fix your cracked screen or improve your phone’s battery life, it does allow developers to add new features and patch any security issues. But according to an Apple executive, there’s something you might want to get used to for your devices if you want to keep them safe. Read on to find out the warning the tech giant holds for iPhone and iPad users.

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For most people, iOS updates on Apple products are something that happens in your sleep and completely unnoticed. Of course, most updates don’t add much in the way of important upgrades or make any changes to the way your phone works. But these nightly downloads also provide important fixes for any bugs in your device that could leave it vulnerable to a number of ever-evolving security threats.

However, even these regular updates are taken care of automatically, and one user noted that sometimes weeks could pass before their device downloaded the latest patch. I wrote an email to Craig Federighiwho is the senior vice president of software engineering at Apple, to ask about [for an] Explanation [of] How exactly does iOS’s auto-update feature work,” Reddit user Matthews Boda Written in a recent post. “I was inspired by his question after reading some Reddit posts and news online about customers complaining about it [the] iOS auto update feature [was] Slow action (sometimes even [a] A full month after the iOS update is released, they receive a notification) or not work at all (in my case included). “

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Soon after sending his email, Boda received a response from the CEO explaining how the tech giant handled each new software release. “We are incrementally rolling out new iOS updates by first making them available to those who explicitly search for them in Settings, and then 1-4 weeks later (after we received feedback on the update) ramping up the rollout of devices with auto-update enabled,” Federigi explained.

For some, the response came as a stark warning that iPhone and iPad users could be left vulnerable to specific security threats for up to a month. according to ForbesApple differs from rival Android by not separating feature updates from essential security patches that the company can prioritize.

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However, some make it clear that Apple’s deferral of pushing downloads serves an essential purpose. By rolling out the update gradually to users, the company can detect any further bugs before any major issues spread, Engadget reports. This relatively common tactic allows the company to avoid iPhones or iPads becoming unusable due to an invisible flaw. And by distributing the size of downloads, the tech giant can also avoid putting too much strain on its servers which could cause them to crash.

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Fortunately, those interested in keeping their devices secure still have the option to download the software manually as soon as it becomes available. To make sure your iPhone or iPad is up to date, tap Settings > General > Software Update and check for any available downloads. While this means taking matters into your own hands, it can help make up for delays in corrections or basic repairs, Forbes reports.

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