The information is still unofficial, but according to rumors in 2021, Apple will stop supporting its old first-generation iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and Phone SE smartphones.
This was to be expected, since Cupertinians promise to support new devices for 4-5 years. And iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were released in September 2015, iPhone SE – in March 2016.
What does it mean? Device data will not receive iOS 15 (which will be released in 2021) and all subsequent relevant system updates. Of course, the latest supported iOS 14 firmware will be updated further (constant updates for another 1-2 years, then less often and up to 5 years).
List of supported devices for iOS 15:
- iPhone 12, mini, Pro, Pro Max.
- Phone SE 2020 (second generation).
- iPhone 11, Pro, Pro Max.
- iPhone X, XS, XS Max, XR.
- iPhone 8, 8 Plus.
- iPhone 7, 7 Plus.
- iPod Touch 7 (2019).
The same goes for legacy iPads. But iOS 15 will definitely work on iPad Air 2, iPad Air 3, iPad mini 4 and 5, iPad 5,6,7th generation, and all iPad Pro models.
Will apps work on legacy iOS? Most App Store apps will work. The only caveat is that if the developers “sharpen” the application for the latest version of iOS, on older smartphones, the program may crash, freeze, the phone will slow down or restart itself. But this happens quite rarely.
Will previous legacy iOS versions be updated? Yes, within 2-3 years. For example, iOS 12 is still receiving security updates even though it was released in September 2018. and works great on iPhone 5s. All of your older iPhones will continue to function normally.
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