5 Year old iPhone 6S Still Getting Latest iOS Update



Apple announced iOS 14 yesterday and it came with a slew of changes. However, we were curious what old iPhone devices will be cut out, and Apple clarified all of that on their website.

According to Apple, iOS 14 is compatible with these iOS devices:

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone Xs Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st Gen)
  • iPhone SE (2nd gen)
  • iPod Touch (7th gen)

As you can see, iOS 14 is compatible with iOS devices ranging from the 2020 iPhone SE to the iPhone 6S generation that was launched in 2015!

This is the second time we have seen Apple support an iPhone for 5 consecutive major software updates. The iPhone 5S was the last device that had the same treatment where it moved from iOS 7 that it shipped with, to iOS 12 which was its last major software update. It is interesting to note that the poor iPhone 6 got “only” 4 major software updates to iOS 12.

It is kind of amazing that Apple is able to provide software updates to a phone for 5 years, which is unheard of in the Android ecosystem. This might be the iPhone 6S last update and the millions of users who still have this smartphone will be elated that their device can still feel ‘current’ for an additional year.

iOS 14 brings about a number of changes to the iOS experience. This includes widgets to the home screen, App Library that organizes apps in a vertical scrollable format, compact calling window, picture in picture mode, pinned conversation in Messages, new Memoji, revamped Apple Maps, new Translation app, revamped Siri, more capabilities in Home Kit, better Safari browser, addition of Car Keys in your wallet, new AirPods features, App Clips, new Privacy features and more.

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