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iOS 16 to Drop Support for iPhone 6s Series, First Generation iPhone SE, and Older iPads: Report

Apple’s A10 chip could be the minimum requirement to run iOS 16.

iOS 16 to Drop Support for iPhone 6s Series, First Generation iPhone SE, and Older iPads: Report

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Apple is likely to unveil iOS 16 at WWDC next year

Highlights
  • iOS 16 may offer AR/ VR applications
  • Apple recently launched iOS 15.2
  • Google promises to offer 3 years of Android OS updates

iOS 16 will drop support for a list of older iPhone and iPad models, as per a report. The list of such models include iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, first generation of the iPhone SE, iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, iPad (fifth-generation), and the 2015 iPad Pro models, the report says. Apple is likely to announce a decision on this at the next WWDC conference that usually takes place sometime in June, when it unveils the new OS. Dropping support for older models is something Apple often does when unveiling a new operating system, however, the last time it did so was back in 2019 with the introduction of iOS 13, when it dropped support for the iPhone 6 series and other older iPhone and iPad models

iphonesoft reports that Apple is expected to showcase AR/ VR capabilities of the iOS 16, and older iPhone as well as iPad models may not have enough firepower to run those applications. It is to be noted that the handsets launched after the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE are equipped with (at least) A10 chip, which could be the minimum requirement to run iOS 16.

If the claim about iOS 16 rollout holds true, it will mean that these smartphones have got 6 years of OS updates, essentially increasing the lifespan of the smartphones. Google recently announced that it will offer 3 years of OS updates and 5 years of security updates, which is below par as compared to Apple.

Last week, Apple released iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2, along with macOS Monterey 12.1, watchOS 8.3, tvOS 15.2, and HomePod Software Version 15.2 for compatible devices. The updates bring Apple Music Voice Plan support to access Apple Music using Siri, and App Privacy Report that helps users see the data accessed by apps.Furthermore, both iOS 15.2 and iPadOS 15.2 have also introduced Hide My Email in the Mail app for iCloud+ subscribers.


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  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • Great design
  • Fantastic performance
  • 3D Touch enables new UI paradigms
  • Retina Flash on the front is great
  • Bad
  • Touch ID is too fast!
  • 16GB storage in base variant
  • Expensive
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Display 4.70-inch
Processor Apple A9
Front Camera 5-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB
Battery Capacity 1715mAh
OS iOS 9
Resolution 750x1334 pixels
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  • Design
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  • Good
  • Fantastic performance
  • 3D Touch enables new UI paradigms
  • Great camera including brilliant front flash
  • Good battery life
  • Bad
  • Ungainly
  • Touch ID is too fast!
  • 16GB storage in base variant
  • Expensive
  • More big-screen software features would be welcome
Display 5.50-inch
Processor Apple A9
Front Camera 5-megapixel
Rear Camera 12-megapixel
RAM 2GB
Storage 16GB
Battery Capacity 2750mAh
OS iOS 9
Resolution 1080x1920 pixels
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Sourabh Kulesh
Sourabh Kulesh is a Chief Sub Editor at Gadgets 360. He has worked in a national daily newspaper, a news agency, a magazine and now writing technology news online. He has knowledge on a wide gamut of topics related to cybersecurity, enterprise and consumer technology. Write to sourabhk@ndtv.com or get in touch on Twitter through his handle @KuleshSourabh. More
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