Original iPhone 6s and iPhone SE will not support iOS 15 next year. This is what Israel’s website The Verifier (via MacRumors) claims in an article published yesterday. The three A9-processor models would be dropped from the upgrade package six years after their original debut.
IPhone 6s and iPhone SE will say goodbye with iOS 15
We can report for the first time that the operating system version iOS 14 will be the last major update for the aforementioned devices, as these devices will stop receiving important updates and will be limited to security versions. iOS 15 will support the iPhone 7 and will be available in September 2021, as Apple is used to.
At the beginning of its article, The Verifier even dares to give an iOS 15 release date: September 15, 2021. This would mean that the company could present new models iPhone at the start of the month, as usual before the pandemic. Although it is quite risky to date these types of releases when there are at least 10 months left.
In any case, it is clear from this rumor that iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE are excluded from iOS 15. This new version can be installed on iPhone 7, iPhone 7 More and devices that by then they have been on the market for five years. The iPhone with A9 processor will there fore be released after six years and six versions of iOS.
Checker did it right with iOS 14 support for iPhone 6s and iPhone SE and now predicts its end with iOS 15
That said, it must be remembered that while they may no longer support a large version of iOS, does not mean updates end here. There are several examples where Apple is releasing new software so that devices not compatible with the latest version of iOS can parchear security vulnerabilities or bugs. An effort that lets you keep using old devices without sacrificing security on the updated device.
Match the iPhone 5s record
With the release of iOS 12 two years ago, the iPhone 5s received what was its last major version of iOS. The model debuted in 2013 with iOS 7
If the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE confirm that iOS 14 is their last major update, they will match the same support time as the iPhone 5s: six versions and six years (As reported in Statista). If you compare iPhone support with the Google Pixels, which get the most software support on Android, the difference is appalling.
The Pixel 4 launched in late 2019 and will have Android support and security until the end of 2022. The Pixel 5 launched in October of this year and will take advantage of that. just from the same three years of support guaranteed until 2023. Exactly half the time of an iPhone 6s.
In terms of software support and device longevity, iPhones maintain their leadership over the competition. And it does so in all models of the same generation of hardware or a similar generation.