Rumors have already started to circulate regarding iOS 15, given that it has been just two months since Apple launched iOS 14 to the public. According to the newest rumor, Apple will be dropping support for iPhone 6s line-up and iPhone SE next year.
The rumor comes from The Verifier which does not have a steady track record when it comes to iOS compatibility claims. The report also says that Apple will release iOS 15 to the public on September 15, 2021.
Apple to drop support for iPhone 6s and iPhone SE with iOS 15
If the rumor is accurate then that would mean that iOS 15 will only be available to these devices:
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone X
- iPhone XR
- iPhone XS
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone SE – Second generation
- iPod touch – Seventh generation
iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were launched back in September of 2015, followed by iPhone SE in March of 2016. Rumors suggested last year that iOS 14 will be the last version of iOS that the iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone SE would be compatible with. This is not a surprise because Apple often provides software updates for approximately four to five years after the release of said device.
Apple did not drop support for anyone of the other iPhones with iOS 14. The said devices were powered by Apple’s A9 chip which has definitely gotten old over time. Next year’s September would mark the iPhone 6s receiving updates for 6 consecutive years. That is certainly quite a long time to be receiving system updates when compared to an Android device, they usually receive system updates for two to three years.
Apple covered the loss in these devices with the new iPhone 12 mini and the second-generation iPhone SE, two modern devices that match the external form factor of the iPhone 6s design. The second-generation iPhone SE carries an A13 chip inside of it. However, iPhone 12 mini features Apple’s latest chip, the A14 Bionic. Even though the phone is smaller, it offers a bigger display due to its edge-to-edge design, along with an improved camera system.
There have been rumors regarding the features or changes in the iOS 15. It is highly unlikely that Apple will announce iOS 15 by WWDC 2021. Moreover, there has been no word on which iPads will be compatible with iOS 15. However, if the new operating system is compatible with iPads which were able to run iPad 14, then, in that case, it will work on iPad Air 2, third-generation iPad Air, iPad mini 4 and 5, 5th, 6th, and 7th-generation iPad, along with all iPad Pro models.
via The Verifier
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