As expected, Apple used its “California Dreaming” September 14 event to reveal the new gang of iPhone 13 smartphones. In addition to this, the company also disclosed two new iPad, the new Apple Watch Series 7, and more. To celebrate the release, the company disclosed the launch date for the next big upgrade for its mobile operating systems. As per the company, iOS 15, the latest iteration of iPhone’s OS is coming on September 20. The confirmation comes straight from Apple’s own page for its mobile operating system. The new update includes important upgrades such as notification summaries, major improvements to its spotlight universal search, moveable and resizeable widgets for iPad, and more.
Below, you can check what iPhones will be eligible for this update. As usual, iOS will cover a wide plethora of older iPhones, and that still is the biggest advantage of Apple’s software. However, we always come back to the fact that it’s much simple to update a list of select smartphones than the wide myriad of Android smartphones for the various OEMs in the market.
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iOS 15 / iPadOS 15 supported devices
iPhones / iPod Touch
- 2020: iPhone 12, 12 Pro, 12 mini, 12 Pro Max, and iPhone SE (2020)
- 2019: iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max
- 2018: iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max
- 2017: iPhone 8, 8 Plus, iPhone X
- 2016: iPhone 7, 7 Plus, iPhone SE (1st gen)
- 2015: iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s, iPod Touch (7th gen)
- Apple iPad (8th Gen)
- iPad (7th Gen)
- iPad (6th Gen)
- Apple iPad (5th Gen)
- iPad Air (4th Gen)
- iPad Air (3rd Gen)
- Apple iPad Air (2nd Gen)
- iPad Mini (5th Gen)
- iPad Mini (4th Gen)
- Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (5th Gen)
- iPad Pro 12.9 (4th Gen)
- Apple iPad Pro 12.9 (3rd Gen)
- iPad Pro 12.9 (2nd Gen)
- iPad Pro 12.9 (1st Gen)
- Apple iPad Pro 11 (3rd Gen)
- iPad Pro 11 (2nd Gen)
- Apple iPad Pro 11 (1st Gen)
- iPad Pro 10.5 (2nd Gen)
- Apple iPad Pro 9.7 (1st Gen)
Going for the iPhone list, we can see that Apple is covering iPhones that are officially over six-year-old. These devices will remain update until at least September 2022. Apple will probably move to iOS 16 and will likely drop every 2016 device. This cycle means that Apple is supporting its smartphones for at least seven years before dropping them. Again, this is significantly longer than the average Android OEM. Not even Google is an exception.
In recent years, Apple has been facing some controversy in regards to its iPhone lifespan. A few years ago, news broke out that Apple was degrading the performance of older generation iPhones knowingly, just to preserve battery life. In response, the company installed a new feature that allows users to choose whether to throttle performance for battery life or compromise battery for smooth performance on older iPhones. This feature will certainly be available with iOS 15.