How long does Apple support older iPhones?
A Statista graph shows how long the software for iPhones has been supported by Apple, and the good news is that support for older iPhones’ operating systems – including usability and security updates – has continued for years after. these phones sold, especially among the newer iPhones.
For early phones, support wasn’t exceptional, but starting with the iPhone 4, which arrived in 2011, Apple’s support has lasted for years (and continues).
The first iPhone, which was released in 2007, was capable of running iPhone OS 3, which was supported by Apple until 2010.
The iPhone 3G, which was released in 2008, was capable of running iOS 4.0, which itself was supported until 2011.
The duration of support increased with the release of the iPhone 4 in 2011. That phone was capable of running operating systems up to iOS 9. Apple still supported iOS 9 in 2019 – it issued a GPS-related update on July 22, 2019.
The iPhone 5c runs iOS 10, which also received the GPS-related update in July 2019.
Both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 run iOS 12, which was last updated by Apple in July 2020 – specifically the update was for devices that are not compatible with iOS 13.
When iOS 14 launches, it will work on all iPhones from iPhone 6 onwards. The iPhone 6s was released in 2015 with iOS 9 in 2015 and will continue to be supported when iOS 14 is officially released five years later.
When does Apple stop being compatible with iPhones?
In terms of software that is now a bad sample, but if you have a bug in your iPhone – Apple will be able to provide the parts to fix it.
Apple will support iPhones (and all the devices it makes) for seven years from the last time it sold that particular model. So as long as your iPhone continues to be sold by Apple until seven years ago, the company will continue to service it – in other words, it will help you fix it (for a price).
This is where Apple’s list of old and outdated products comes in.
Apple states on its website here that “Owners of iPhone, iPad, iPod or Mac products can obtain service and parts from Apple or Apple service providers for five years after the product is no longer sold.”
The following iPhones are considered obsolete, which means that sales were discontinued more than seven years ago and Apple has stopped providing hardware services .
- iPhone 3G
- iPhone 3GS
- Iphone 4
And these iPhones are listed as Vintage, which means they haven’t been sold for more than five years (but less than seven years). Apple will continue to service these products.
- Iphone 4s
- iPhone 5
That means that, at least as of this writing, Apple continues to fully support the iPhone 5s (2013) and 5c (2013) and all the iPhones that followed, and even the iPhone 4s (2011) and iPhone 5 (2012). ) receive some kind of support. Not bad for phones that were released almost a decade ago.