It seems that Apple could soon be planning to end support for OS updates on devices like the original iPhone SE as well as the iPhone 6 series when iOS 15 debuts next year.
Currently, both devices support the most recent version of the operating system, which is iOS 14. The Verifier’s report doesn’t delve into what might have influenced this potential decision, but it isn’t the first time Apple has elected to omit older devices from OS updates.
In 2019, Apple offerred iPhone 5, 5s, iPhone 6, sixth-generation iPod touch, first-generation iPad Air, and third-generation iPad mini with iOS 12.4.3 patches instead of upgrades to iOS 13, AppleInsider notes.
Before that, Apple offered iOS 12 to phones only as old as the iPhone 5s, dating back to 2013. This isn’t a new practice by any means, but it does end up potentially opening up older devices to flaws and security breaches patched in future updates, in this case any upgrade to iOS 15 in the future. There’s also the possibility that some apps will simply stop working once the older iOS devices are unable to be updated to the newest version of the software.
Apple hasn’t made any official announcements; we likely won’t hear anything until WWDC 2021. If you’ve been eyeing a new iPhone, check out our comparison of the newest iPhone 12 lineup and the video below.