A recent report suggests that some of the most popular iPhones will not be bumped up to iOS 13 when it rolls out later in 2019.
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This news, sourced from an Apple developer by French publication iPhoneSoft, would mean a significant software shake-up for Apple fans, as 2018’s iOS 12 update maintained support for all the same devices as iOS 11.
iOS 13 Phones
Fortunately we can still expect iOS 13 to be rolled out to the following Apple devices:
- iPhone 6S & iPhone 6S Plus
- iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 8 & iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XS & iPhone XS Max
- And of course the yet-to-be announced iPhone 11
While Apple’s long-term software support is still enough to make turn Android users green with envy, some Apple customers will no doubt disappointed to hear that their phone may no longer keep up with the rest. In light of disappointing recent smartphone sales, perhaps Apple is hoping to encourage more of its user base to upgrade to recent devices.
Of course, none of this news has yet been officially confirmed by Tim Cook and co, and we’re expecting to hear a lot more about iOS 13 at WWDC at the start of June.
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The withdrawal of OS support for the iPhone SE could be a particularly bitter pill to swallow for user who prefer smartphones with a smaller form factor. The size of smartphone screens is increasing across the board, and nowadays it can even be difficult to find a device you can operate easily with one hand, which was a key selling point of this 2016 device.
But to take an optimistic view, it might be an encouraging sign that Apple has plans to release a successor device — the speculated iPhone SE 2.
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