Apple releases iOS 15.7 and macOS 12.6 for older devices

Apple published macOS Big Sur 11.7, macOS Monterey 12.6 and iPadOS 15.7. Although no particular release notes were given, it seems likely that these upgrades are aimed to bring older devices up to date given that they were released together with iOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16.

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In order to keep consumers up to speed without having to upgrade to iOS 16 or purchase more recent supported products, Apple has published a comprehensive set of updates for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS.

While iOS 16 was getting all the attention on Monday, Apple also issued significant operating system updates for its 2021 versions. These updates serve two purposes: they give users a much-needed update without forcing them to switch to a new operating system, and they provide patches for devices that can’t upgrade to the new operating systems.

Apple published macOS Big Sur 11.7, macOS Monterey 12.6 and iPadOS 15.7. Although no particular release notes were given, it seems likely that these upgrades are aimed to bring older devices up to date given that they were released together with iOS 16, watchOS 9, and tvOS 16.

While switching to a new operating system version might be thrilling for some users, others fear it will damage compatibility with essential programmes they use for their job or pastime. Some people wait months or more before updating to make sure their favourite programmes receive many upgrades and are optimised for compatibility with no data loss.

Users who are unable to update or who are waiting for updates still require urgent security patches and bug fixes. Therefore, Apple frequently releases interim upgrades for older computers. Older operating systems typically have months-long update cycles, but updates continue to be released even after newer products have become obsolete.

Updates are accessible through the Settings app. Select the new operating system version you want to install by going to General and then tapping on Software Update. There should be a choice for both the current and previous operating system updates, if appropriate.