Support for iOS 13 could start with the Apple iPhone 7/7 Plus

Support for iOS 13 could start with the Apple iPhone 7/7 Plus
As iOS gets updated and more complex every year, older Apple iPhone models considered incompatible with the new iOS build are are doomed to be forever frozen with the current version running the phone. For example, iOS 12 is available with limited support on the Apple iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad Air and iPad Air 2. Full iOS 12 support is available for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, the iPad (2017) and all iPad Pro models.

According to a report out of Israel's The Verifier (via Redmond Pie), it appears that all iOS devices released before 2016 will not receive iOS 13 when it is disseminated later this year. We should see the new iOS version introduced during WWDC, expected to take place in June.

If the report is correct, the iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus will not receive iOS 13. That means that the iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and up will support the update. Turning to the iPad, the report says that the iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad Air and iPad Air 2 will not be updated.

Before you start tossing your pre-2016 iOS devices, the source of the report has updated it and says that iOS 13 support for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE and iPhone mini 4 is now "questionable." We should know officially which models will support iOS 13 and its rumored system-wide Dark Mode at WWDC. And the way time flies lately, the conference will be here before you know it.

FEATURED VIDEO

39 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 521; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

So much for the 4 year support. And honestly I'm not bashing it's just realistic , they already have huge device portfolio

11. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

Starting with 7/7 Plus means it will be 4 years when iOS 13 comes out.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 3870; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

2019-2016=4 Apple calculator?

16. DolmioMan

Posts: 295; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

The 2015 iPhones are allegedly being dropped which means 2015-2019 is 4 years, the 2016 iPhones would then be supported till at least 2020 which again, is 4 years.

24. nepalisherpa

Posts: 334; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

7/7+, 8/8+/X, XS/XS Max/XR, and then new iPhones with iOS 13. See how 7/7 Plus is 4 years behind? Yes, Apple calculator!

33. whatev

Posts: 2129; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Let’s take a counting lesson for dummies since I guess your brain is as slow as the processor in your phone. 2016 makes it for 1 year, 2017 another year, 2018 another year and 2019 another year, how many years are we talking about? I know it’s challenging, but you can do it, I trust in you :)

22. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2291; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I read the source article and they don't really have a basis for their report besides mentioning that it would make sense to limit the upgrades so people will purchase the newer iPhones. So I don't think I would go ahead and speculate as if this were true until more sources verify it.

32. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

No they don't have a "huge" portfolio. Not especially if said devices are fully vert integrated e.g SoC tech. This being said, I'll out it bluntly; 2GB RAM iPhones just won't cut it anymore since iOS 11. Of course Apple won't say this outright. To compare, Android has to deal with multiple variations from a single SoC maker alone (Qualcomm) not to mention there's also competing ones in the same space. On top of more complete configuration differences across all Android OEMs. Thus why it's totally up to the OEMs to either update or ignore.

2. skips

Posts: 463; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

I mean it's ok, but realizing they're still selling the iPad mini 4 and the customers who just bought it naively expecting some updates for it... lol... 3.5 year device though so I understand. hopefully majority of customers do some research beforehand. i mean hey apple devices are still better regarding updates than their competitors mostly kjskjskjsksjks

3. sun0066

Posts: 259; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

do not worry , people , you will not note the difference. mostly the only thing that change is the number 10..11..12.13 all versions looks the same and do the same . with every iteration pof software they say they will add lots of features , you end up having the same phone and doing the same , to be fear , something is noticeable : the wallpapers !!

6. whatev

Posts: 2129; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

The same with google, just another dessert name and voilà, you get another android release which makes you excited but you’ll get it in two years :)

21. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yes, that is the beauty of the Android ecosystem. Knowing that at least my phone will be functional for 2 years and even after because the updates actually make the device better helps quite a bit. My sympathies for the iFans though. I would say that I feel their pain of being throttled slowly (and their phones too) but I would be lying.

36. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

And also being on your own for support, updates, privacy and protection the moment you crack open that box- its beauty. All that and don’t forget your phone will need regular restarts to speed it back up again!

4. cncrim

Posts: 1571; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

Apple support 4/5 years old device AAA to me. And here is what i think after the battery slow down thing now we knew 6s can run any IOS (I’m optimistic) all the way to ios17. But hey Apple got to make money, I dont blame them, however i just dont like it when she start to play dirty, like give you a upgrade then purposely slow it down.

5. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 102; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

Wtf!! Is that means apple reduced it's software support to 3 years?!

8. Whitedot

Posts: 719; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

Gone are 5 year new OS update cycle.

9. cmdacos

Posts: 3870; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

They need a new planned obsolescence strategy now that their battery slow down caper was uncovered.

18. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Obsolescence strategy in android started since the beginning of smartphone era. Android slow down aftet 6 months and no wonder why their resale value sucks.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30830; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

This is an Apple/iOS related article, stop deflecting sonnn.

17. DolmioMan

Posts: 295; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

No... if it’s true then the iPhone 6s will have had 4 years of support (2015-2019) people need to learn how to do basic maths. Supposedly the 2016 iPhones will get iOS 13 which will stop being updated in 2020.

25. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 102; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

No it only got 3 mjor updates so it's only 3 years not 4

26. path45th

Posts: 401; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Use your brain. 1) iPhone XS came with ios 12 2) iPhone X came with iOS 11 3) iPhone 7 came with iOS 10 4) iPhone 6s came with iOS 9 That means at the moment iPhone 6s is on its fourth iOS and it will be exactly 4 years when the new iPhone and iOS are released by the end of this year. Ok?

34. Yousefjaber206

Posts: 102; Member since: Jan 09, 2018

Dude the 6s got ios10,11,12 That means 3 os updates how on earth did you make them 4. Iphone 4s realesed with ios 5 then it received ios 6,7,8,9. 5s released with ios 7 then it received ios 8,9,10,11,12.

30. AbhiD

Posts: 602; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

When did that happen? Looks like your calculations aren't really that strong. Plus it's a rumor

7. monkeyb

Posts: 382; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

""support for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE and iPhone mini 4 is now "questionable.""" No one is even bothering to read this last statement. Haters got a massive excuse to bash Apple reading a rumor. Apple just sold iPhone SE is their stores. I highly doubt they will remove support to new customers.

12. emvxl

Posts: 139; Member since: Sep 29, 2009

And I missed that SE clearance again. And yes, it's a rumor, so nothing to worry or even think about. I am thinking though of what's for dinner...

19. monkeyb

Posts: 382; Member since: Jan 17, 2018

Lol. Very true. Dinner > Rumor. Dinner very important :)

10. sun0066

Posts: 259; Member since: Feb 12, 2011

To tell you the true it is better they do not update the software so they can not slowdown you phone ( or probably by that time it is already done ✅)

13. toukale

Posts: 611; Member since: Jun 10, 2015

It's amazing how folks take anything anyone says as gospel and jump to conclusion without facts. But I understand why, it gives folks something to b*tch about as usual.

15. LEEDAQ

Posts: 159; Member since: Aug 07, 2018

i'm using 6s on ios12 now if ios 13 gona make slow then we don't want it may be a security patch will do?

* Some comments have been hidden, because they don't meet the discussions rules.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.