iOS 16 will reportedly drop support for these iPhone devices.
This isn’t surprising because Apple hasn’t altered device support in years.
According to a fresh allegation from the French site iPhoneSoft, when iOS 16 is published in the fall of 2022, it will not support the iPhone 6S or the first-generation iPhone SE.
While you should always take these stories with a grain of salt, the update does appear likely, according to the site’s source, an Apple engineer.
Apple will have gone three years without updating the hardware requirements for iOS by the autumn of 2022, and such a change would be long overdue.
It’s not unusual for Apple to limit the availability of key iOS and app features to newer iPhones if hardware support is required.
However, the previous three iOS versions have all supported the same devices, which is unusual for Android devices and takes a long time.
Apple is the industry leader when it comes to supporting outdated mobile devices.
Apple now supports iPhones dating back to the iPhone 6S, which was released in 2015.
That model will be seven years old by the time iOS 16 is launched in the fall of 2022.
Even though it and the first-generation iPhone SE are no longer supported, iOS 16 will still support devices up to six years old, which is almost twice as long as most Android phones.
If you’re clinging to your iPhone 6 because you love the size and the home button, you’ll be able to replace it with a far better model that will receive upgrades for years to come if Apple releases a new iPhone SE in the spring with the same design as the current model.