Will iPhone 6s get iOS 16 support? iOS 16 to drop support for iPhone 6s+ and the first-gen iPhone SE: Report
With the start of the new year and the launch of iOS 15.2, Apple will begin focusing on the next major update, iOS 16. A report by iPhonesoft suggests that with Apple iOS 16 release, it ends support for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and the original iPhone SE.
The iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad (fifth-generation), and the 2015 iPad Pro devices are believed to be incompatible with iPadOS 16.
Nothing is official until Apple unveils iOS 16 at WWDC in 2022. However, iPhonesoft has correctly reported the iOS 13 and iOS 14 device matrix in advance. In last year’s article, the newspaper incorrectly stated that the iPhone 6s and original SE weren’t going to be able to keep up with iOS 15. After iOS 15’s release, iOS 14 devices would continue to work.
If reports from iPhonesoft are right, iOS 16 will require an A10 chip as a minimum spec to get the latest features.
Having said that, Apple’s phones have demonstrated an exceptionally long lifespan in terms of new features and bug fixes. It has been more than six years since Apple released the iPhone 6s and iPhone SE, which are rumored to be getting dropped. By the time iOS 16 launches, the iPad mini 4 will be more than five years old and will no longer be part of the software upgrade roadmap.
It has also been disclosed that Apple will continue to support both iOS 7.1 and iOS 7.0 with security patches, extending the usable life of older devices. Right now, for example, customers are able to stick to iOS 14 rather than upgrade to iOS 15. Apple will continue to release iOS 15 security updates to iPhone 6s and iPhone SE customers for several years after iOS 16 is released in the fall of 2022, assuming that it stays true to its word.
As of right now, we don’t know what new features will appear in iOS 16, since it’s too early in the rumor cycle. Since usually most rumors about future iOS software features begin to surface in the spring.