Apple on Tuesday stopped signing iOS 14.0.1 code following the release of iOS 14.1, blocking users from downgrading to the older operating system.
A number of fixes were also included, addressing issues like widget management quirks, UI bugs, a Mail problem that saw some email sent from an incorrect alias, a bug that prevented Apple Music song downloads, streaming video issues and incorrect labeling of a connected Apple Watch's case material. The update also corrected an issue that prevented users from setting up a family member's Apple Watch, a major feature introduced with iOS 14.
The now defunct iOS 14.0.1 update was pushed out in September to resolve a bug that caused user-selected email and web browser defaults to revert to Apple's first-party Mail and Safari apps after a system restart.
Today's stoppage means users can no longer download the out-of-date operating system from Apple's servers. Apple regularly ceases signing of older code to prevent installation of past iOS versions following the release of a new iteration, a practice that keeps users safe from new threats and ensures devices are running the latest feature-rich software.