Don't panic yet, but iOS 13 might not come to the iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Don't panic yet, but iOS 13 might not come to the iPhone SE, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
Brace yourself, iOS 13 is coming

While the newest version of Android is the talk of the mobile tech world on the heels of a jam-packed Google I/O developer conference, we're less than a month away from the moment the industry's attention will be redirected to iOS 13. Although we already seem to know an awful lot about the new features, enhancements, and add-ons prepared by Apple for a slew of new and old "iDevices", one thing that's unlikely to be etched in stone before June 3 is the official list of supported iPhones and iPads.

Until last year, that was fairly easy to predict, as Apple essentially removed one generation from the update eligibility roster with every fresh iOS flavor. But iOS 12 delivered an extremely pleasant surprise for iPhone 5s, iPad Air, and iPad mini 2 owners, supporting all the handsets and tablets the platform's eleventh version officially ran on the previous year.


That sparked hopes the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, which saw daylight back in 2014 with iOS 8 preloaded, would get their fifth major software update this year, just like the iPhone 5s did in 2018. Unfortunately, if a rumor relayed by French blog iPhoneSoft from discussions with unnamed inside sources is to be believed, that's unlikely to be the case. Even worse, a significantly newer device is expected to be left in the lurch after only three version updates.

No iOS 13 support for the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, and iPhone SE?


That's the story the aforementioned publication is running, and while it sounds bad, it's actually better than an (arguably implausible) piece of gossip from a few months ago. Back then, the 2015-released iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were also rumored to reach the end of the software support road with iOS 12 after making their debut on iOS 9. That would have been an inexcusable and unacceptable move on Apple's part, but we're pretty certain those feelings will be shared by folks hanging on to their iPhone SE units if the new rumor pans out.


Granted, the 4-incher was never billed as a powerhouse or a device on par with the iPhone 6s, but the fact Apple continues to sell the diminutive handset as part of limited clearance deals seems to suggest the company hasn't completely abandoned the SE. To be perfectly clear, the developer that allegedly talked to iPhoneSoft on the condition of anonymity claims the iOS 13 update will be available for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, iPhone 8 and 8 Plus, iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max, as well as the iPad mini 3 and mini 4, iPad 5 and 6, iPad Air 2 and 3, iPad Pro 9.7, 10.5, 11, and 12.9 (both 2016 and 2017 generations).

That means iOS 12 could be the final software package to run on the iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, 6, and 6 Plus, as well as the original iPad Air and iPad mini 2.

Is iOS 13 that big of a deal?


In short, it definitely looks so, which might explain the large number of iPhones expected to be left behind. After all, iOS 12 primarily focused on performance optimizations and under-the-hood tweaks, making it a little easier to adapt to a wide range of hardware setups and screen sizes.


For iOS 13, Apple is reportedly planning to bring a bunch of aesthetic changes to the table, starting with a system-wide Dark Mode. Things like a SwiftKey-rivaling swipe-based keyboard, updated Maps and iMessage apps, and a completely revamped Health functionality could require a little too much work to fit the 4-inch display of the iPhone SE and run smoothly in combination with an ancient A9 processor.

Of course, nothing's certain until Apple explicitly confirms it, so iPhone SE and iPhone 6 owners may not want to give up all hope just yet. 

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21 Comments

1. sgodsell

Posts: 7363; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The iPhone 6's only come with 1 GB of RAM and the minimum storage for the iPhone 6's was a low 16 GB of storage. Even though the iPhone SE came with 2Gb of ram, it's minimum storage came at originally 16 GB. It's only in 2017 that Apple decided to release a 32 GB version of the SE. So it only makes sense to get rid of those devices. This always comes back to the iDiots that would say that iOS is so efficient that it doesn't need more ram and storage. Yet in the long run it hampers not only the devices future growth, but the growth of the platform in general, because of those limited capacities.

2. sgodsell

Posts: 7363; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Apple cheaping out on their iPhones again. Comes full circle.

7. domfonusr

Posts: 1084; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

… after three full years of support. Granted, that is less than the five years most iPhones get, but hey, the SE is the cheap iPhone that's holding Apple back from having a higher ASP, so why not axe it early, right??? Apple is in business, is it not?

5. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Nice trolling. At least apple support those devices for many years and they really tried their best to optimized older phones in their update. Does your google or Samsung do regular updates? How long? Do they optimized it? Never.

9. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

My Samsung's don't get major updates as quickly, but yes, they are optimized. Much less buggy than iOS updates. Out of the box, they're usually bug free, which iOS updates definitely aren't

6. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Your Samsung newest flagship has many ram to iphone Xs and yet it still lags and drops frame in game. Apple is good as it is because their software and hardware works together.

8. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, they don't. But keep telling yourself that

10. lyndon420

Posts: 6786; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Did apple get that simple but dreaded daylight savings time bug fixed yet that's been plaguing them for over 3 years? Guess we'll see when fall comes. ;) No Android devices have made anyone late for work yet lol. And don't be so quick to jump on the ios13 update...it might brick your phone since that's been a common occurrence for apple and their 'optimized' software.

15. dmarinescu

Posts: 3; Member since: May 11, 2019

any hardware/software comparison between apple product and android is like comparing the united states with albania

11. Vokilam

Posts: 1191; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Hey, fan girl, iPhone 5s got iOS 12 and it is smoooth as butter. It handled its 5 years of updates pretty well disputes of having so little ram. So YES, iPhones can deal with small amount of ram. Don’t be dunce.

12. domfonusr

Posts: 1084; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

Take the amount of RAM you have in your iPhone, and double it, and that is about how much RAM an equivalent Android phone will need in order to run as smoothly as the iPhone in question... as long as the battery has been replaced if needed (to prevent throttling), and as long as there is a Qualcomm modem in it, and as long as the screen is still HD+ resolution, and as long as you don't bend it in your pocket, and as long as you are holding it the right way, etc. etc. ...

17. Georgio

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

Well... Is full of Samsung fan girls who didn't get the latest updates on their Samsung. You should feel sorry for them.

18. riteshrkm

Posts: 155; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

Keep ur updates to urslf. We need a phone which can multitask. Be happy with ur 1000$ phone which cant do a split screen even in 2019.

19. Georgio

Posts: 246; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

You keep multitasking for yourself cos the iPhone has a very good one. Don't tell me about Samsung multitasking,I have a note 8 as well, very rare I use split screen.

3. Tipus

Posts: 868; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

It's time for an upgrade.

4. japkoslav

Posts: 1505; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

Who cares, iOS 12 finally fixed most of the crap iOS 10 and 11 introduced. So what, it won't get update, it will run just fine.

13. inFla

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 17, 2018

Its Apple speeding up obsolescence.

21. Dadler22

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Yeah couldnt throttle your CPU anymore got caught doing that lol

14. dmarinescu

Posts: 3; Member since: May 11, 2019

Apple is NOT Google. As all developers already know (since they are running it already) the new iOS is running just fine on all 6x, 7x and newer devices. Stop spreading cheap rumors please. Thanks

16. dmarinescu

Posts: 3; Member since: May 11, 2019

it is already there, the only ones who should panic are the android developers

20. Dadler22

Posts: 241; Member since: Dec 11, 2008

Good thing iOS 12 isnt full of bugs and glitches, what a place to leave it.

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