iOS 12 will come to all currently supported iPhones, 5s and up!

iOS 12 will come to all currently supported iPhones, 5s and up!
At its WWDC keynote and iOS 12 introduction, Apple has been quick to surprise us all by announcing that its latest mobile operating system edition will come to all currently supported iPhones and iPads. This means that every model that received iOS 11 last year, will also receive iOS 12 when it gets officially released, possibly in September this year.

Up until now, Apple did do a superb job of supporting its older devices, way better than what any other smartphone manufacturer does, but its methodology thus far meant that devices around 5 years old got dropped from the supported list. Last year, when iOS 11 got introduced, it was the iPhone 5 that disappeared from the happy list of supported devices. Now-vintage handsets like the iPhone 5s, and iPhone 6 did get their update, however.

It is possible that many iPhone 5s users have been planning to get their phones listed on Craigslist or Ebay this year, as no one really expected iOS 12 to supported this A7-powered model, but Apple's Craig Federighi was quick to drop the bomb at the beginning of his presentation, by announcing that no model is losing support this year. With 5-year old phones like the iPhone 5s being kept in the family, this will be the biggest line-up of devices to support a new iOS version. This is reminiscent of the current status quo Apple has in place with macOS updates, where we have models from 2009! that keep getting Apple's latest OS version, including High Sierra.

Full iOS 12 supported devices list



18. gaby1451

Posts: 120; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I believe this is a testament to the 64 bit A7 SoC powering the 5S, Air, and Mini 2+. These devices were as Apple called them, forward thinking. Pardon the kool aid, but when these came out they were clearly thinking long term here. The biggest challenge to usability I see for these devices is the lack of extra ram and base storage for them .

10. gamehead unregistered

So my backup phone gets it too.

8. libra89

Posts: 2354; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I would like to try a iPhone 5s on iOS 12. Just because.

7. BuffaloSouce unregistered

It doesn’t help getting the latest os update when 6S and below are slowing down and has its limitations....coming from a current iPhone 8 user.

9. kucma

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

According to the presentation iOS 12 is all about speed and making older devices faster. So slowing down should not be an issue with this update. Let’s wait and see! :)

13. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Of course it’s about speed...after all the backlash Apple got for slowing down their older iPhones in the first place now they’re just going to be like it never happened

15. kucma

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

Depends how you look at this. They may not talk about slowing down the phones last year but the fact that they are doing something about it shows they acknowledge the issue. And if that is done by an act rather than just an apology isn’t that even better for the user?

6. boucha26

Posts: 50; Member since: Jul 01, 2015

Thats iPhone❤️❤️....

5. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

We have to give credit here despite being Apple hater

3. wickiraman

Posts: 7; Member since: Oct 03, 2016

Apple ❤️

1. NateDiaz

Posts: 1094; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Damn that's 5 year old iPhone.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7677; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Do you honestly believe an iPhone 5s with its dual core 1.3 GHz CPU, with 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage is going to be that useful? iOS has grow in size to the point that Apple doesn't sell a new device with anything less than 32 GB of storage. That has been that way since the iPhone 7. Even the v2 of the iPhone SE is a minimum of 32 GB of storage. Not to mention all the 5s hardware is really old and crappy now in 2018. Especially the 1 GB of RAM, it's A7, cameras, screen, Cat 3 LTE, wifi and Bluetooth. All old and slow.

14. NateDiaz

Posts: 1094; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

So you missed "2x performance on older devices" part.

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