Apple’s loss of iOS 16 indicates at what time iPhone obsolete will be gradually phased out

Apple's loss of iOS 16 indicates at what time iPhone obsolete will be gradually phased out

Apparently, iOS 16 won’t be compatible with three iPhones that did receive iOS 15: those are the iPhone 6, iPhone 6S and the original iPhone SE. These devices are from 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively so they are pretty old. Apple drops support for older iPhones with new builds of iOS because the older hardware simply doesn’t have the power or space for the newer operating system, and it’s something that happens in the Android space too. That’s not to say Apple will completely forget about these phones, as they still could see the odd security update, and they’ll work just fine as they are – you don’t really need the newest software.

Older iPhones only get new iOS updates for a limited time before Apple decides to retire them, and a report suggests which devices may be left behind when iOS 16 is released later this year. This information was obtained through iDropNews, in a report prepared by a leaker known as AppleLeaksPro, who has a spotty track record. Because of the source, take the information with a grain of salt, but given Apple’s history, it makes sense.


  • If you own one of the aforementioned iPhones, we’re going to make the bold assumption that you’re not a technophile – you’d probably have a newer phone if that were the case. If that’s true, this news might not affect you that much. If you don’t care about having the flashiest and newest stuff, whether that’s new gadgets or software, you don’t really need iOS 16. This new version of Apple’s software isn’t exactly likely to set to set the world on fire, as it’s probably just going to bring a few tweaks and changes that might not affect your phone experience at all. If your device works fine right now, it’ll continue to do so.

  • This is just a leak for now, so it’s not to say that these mobiles have definitely been sunsetted by Apple. But AppleLeaksPro’s limited track record does seem fairly accurate. That’s the only real solid information provided by this leak – the leaker also backs up their past assertions about super-widgets, and points to a few tweaks like a redesigned music app and changes to Quick Actions so they work when the phone is locked.

Sure, if you’ve got a six-plus-year-old phone, you might want to check out our list of the best iPhones at some point, because tech doesn’t last forever. But if you’re happy with your phone right now, you don’t really need to update it. He graduated in American Literature and Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. Prior to working in TechRadar freelanced in tech, gaming and entertainment, and also spent many years working as a mixologist. Outside of TechRadar he works in film as a screenwriter, director and producer.

That’s especially the case because Apple will likely continue to provide security updates to these devices for a while, which should stop bad actors from being able to leverage the age of your tech to infiltrate it better.