Apple Might Discontinue Support for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus if iOS 15 Launches Next Year

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By Oluwapelumi Adejumo

Users of iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and 6s Plus might want to start contemplating changing their mobile devices as The Verifier has indicated that Apple is planning to drop its support for these devices.

Apple originally introduced iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus into the market in September 2015. This was followed by the release of the iPhone SE in March of the following year. These devices have continued to enjoy popular support for years as Apple has regularly updated its software, including ensuring the compatibility of all three devices with iOS 14.

However, Apple is set to release iOS 15 next year, and reports from The Verifier have it that all three devices won’t get an update.

This might be due to the fact that with the introduction of the iPhone 12 mini which is expected to hit the market next year, and the second-generation iPhone SE, Apple will now have two different modern devices with identical form factor used in designing the iPhone 6s phones.

While the second-generation iPhone SE is actually almost a replica of the iPhone 6s in terms of design, it, however, boasts of the modern A13 processor. The iPhone 12 mini is relatively physically smaller but comes with a bigger display because of its edge-to-edge design, alongside the modern A14 processor and an improved camera system.

The forthcoming iOS 15 expected to run on devices older than the iPhone 6 series.

What this means for iPhone 6 users

Apple’s choice to retrieve its support from these devices isn’t necessarily the end for these phones. However, there are several setbacks that come with the developers’ refusal to support them.

Apple to Discontinue Support for iPhone 6s and 6s Plus Next Year
The logo of the US multinational technology company Apple is on display on the facade of an Apple store in Brussels, on February 8, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Emmanuel DUNAND (Photo credit should read EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Primarily, Apple pulling support from these devices means there would be no new upgrades or bug fixes for incompatible or unsupported devices. These devices, though functional, would become obsolete. They would no longer receive software upgrades from the developer since the idea behind taking them off the new iOS upgrade is to make the older devices phase out gradually.

The most significant of the issues which affect incompatible iPhones would also reflect in these devices. They would become very prone to cyberattacks as Apple would no longer give them any sort of protection from malware or hackers. They become increasingly vulnerable with each upgrade made to every new Operating Systems.

Their vulnerability becomes public knowledge and users of these devices are more likely to be hacked or spied on through their phones because they have no means to protect themselves from attacks. The major reason unsupported devices face cyberattacks frequently is because of their inability to get the latest antivirus software from the App Store.

The safest option, to protect your private information and resist these attacks would be to switch to newer compatible devices. Compatible devices are less likely to suffer cyberattacks, with Apple constantly making upgrades to its cybersecurity system.


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