While iOS 16 rumors are a bit thin on the ground at the moment, rumours iOS 16 Features suggest we look at lock screen improvements, notificationssome AR/VR integration and more health tracking capabilities.
But each iteration of iOS demands a greater processing toll, which some handsets inevitably have to miss. Apple has a very good track record of supporting handsets for the long term – iOS 15 supports phones that first came out in 2015, for example, but there are limits. With that in mind, we believe that the next iPhones will be limited to iOS 15 for the rest of their working lives.
iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
Practically old in smartphone terms, the iPhone 6s and larger 6s Plus Launched in September 2015, when Barack Obama was still in the White House, there was no such thing as AirPods and the first-generation Apple Watch was only six months old.
Those two phones launched with iOS 9 and have been out of stock for nearly four years, so the end of support shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The iPhone 6s family had it very well indeed.
iPhone SE (2016)
Though a good seven months younger than the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the original iPhone SE actually uses the same Apple A9 chipset and 2GB of RAM.
In other words, if the 6s goes, so does the first-generation SE. But the good news is that the two newer iterations should be safe for some time, given those versions of the iPhone SE that launched in 2020 and this year respectively. The iPhone SE 2022 even has the same A15 Bionic processor that powers Apple’s more expensive ones iPhone 13 lineup, so it will be supported for some time.
Which iPhones will get iOS 16?
Indeed, if these are the only three iPhones missing out on the iOS 16 upgrade, then these handsets are all eligible through elimination:
- iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
- iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone SE (2020)
- iPhone XS and XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone 11† 11 Proand 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 mini† iPhone 12† 12 Proand 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13 miniiPhone13, 13 Proand 13 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2022)
- iPhone 14iPhone 14 Max, 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max
If your iPhone is eligible to download iOS 16, Apple should be sure of its usability. But if you own one of the older models, we recommend one of the best iPhones to replace your current handset or to decide whether it is wiser to wait for the iPhone 14 this fall.
What about iPads?
While iPads technically run a different operating system — iPadOS — it’s a very close relative of iOS and will almost certainly be upgraded to iOS this fall. iPad OS 16† With iPadOS 15, support went even beyond iOS 15, with the aging 2014 iPad Air 2 eligible for the upgrade.
This time we suspect that multiple tablets will not make it. Not only is the iPad Air 2 ready to miss, but we’re willing to bet that the 5th-generation iPad, 4th-generation iPad mini, and maybe even the original 2015 iPad Pro might be too slow to make the cut.
We’ll probably find out if all of these assumptions are correct at next week’s conference for Apple developers. Here is how do you watch WWDC 2022 if you want to tune live.
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