Rumor: iPhone 6s (Plus) and SE will no longer receive updates

Apple does not appear to be planning to update the 2015 iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and the 2016 iPhone SE next year. They are currently the oldest models supported by iOS 14, but an upgrade to iOS 15 is probably no longer possible.

In the news: It is the Israeli website The Verifier that has released a report on Apple’s plans for updates to iOS 15. They write that the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and SE will no longer be supported from next year.

  • The website has a fairly reliable history when it comes to similar news. According to 9to5mac, they correctly reported in the past that the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 would no longer receive updates after iOS 12. Last year they also reported that all devices with iOS 13 could also update to iOS 14.
  • The news is not entirely surprising either. The iPhone 6s (Plus) from 2015 and the first version of the SE from 2016 were launched with iOS 9 at the time. That means that they have experienced no less than five major updates to iOS. This makes them – together with the iPhone 5S – the longest support for iPhones ever.
    • Apple also confirms once again that it will provide its devices with updates for a long time. Something that is often much less the case with Android smartphones. They often have to make do with a maximum of three updates.

What exactly does that mean? If the news is correct, you will not be able to update the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and SE models to iOS 15 next year. You can still use those devices, but will experience certain problems over time. For example, security leaks are no longer closed and newer applications will no longer be supported.


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