With WWDC 2022 starting on Monday (June 6), it’s very likely that we’ll be looking at the new version of iOS for the first time, which will be launched with iPhone 14 in the fall.
While rumors of iOS 16 are somewhat weak at the moment, the rumored features of iOS 16 suggest that we look at lock screen improvements, notifications, AR / VR integration, and other health monitoring options.
But every iteration of iOS will require a higher processing tax, which some phones inevitably have to spend. Apple has very good experience supporting long-distance mobile phones – iOS 15 supports phones that first came out in 2015, for example – but there are limitations. With this in mind, we believe that subsequent iPhones will be limited to iOS for the rest of their working lives 15.
iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
Virtually ancient in terms of smartphones, the iPhone 6s and larger 6s Plus were 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.
These two phones were launched with iOS 9 and were discontinued for almost four years, so the end of support shouldn’t be a big surprise. The iPhone 6s family really did very well.
iPhone SE (2016)
Although it’s 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 it goes 6s, the first generation SE goes. The good news, however, is that the two newer iterations should be safe for some time, given the versions of the iPhone SE that were released in 2020 and this year. The iPhone SE 2022 is even equipped with the same A15 Bionic processor, which powers the more expensive Apple iPhone 13 series, so it will be supported for some time.
Which iPhones will get iOS 16?
If these are really the only three iPhones that will skip the upgrade to iOS 16, then these phones will be eligible as part of the elimination process:
- 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 Pro and 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2022)
- iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max
If your iPhone is eligible to download iOS 16, then Apple must be sure of its usability. But if you own one of the older models, we recommend that you buy one of the best iPhones to replace your current phone, or decide if it makes more sense to wait for the iPhone 14 this fall.
What about iPads?
While iPads are technically using a different operating system – iPadOS – it is a very close relative of iOS and will almost certainly be upgraded to iPadOS 16 this fall. . for upgrade.
This time we suspect that several tablets will not make it. Not only will the iPad Air 2 be missing, but we’d also bet that the 5th generation iPad, the 4th generation iPad mini and maybe the original 2015 iPad Pro may be too slow to get there.
We’ll probably find out at Apple’s developer conference next week if all of these assumptions are correct. Here’s how to watch WWDC 2022 if you want to tune it live.
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