The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus and iPhone SE 2016 were released in 2015 and 2016. This makes them nearly 6-7 years old, which is considered outmoded in phones. The 6s series introduced 3D Touch were well-received phones that picked up where the game-changing iPhone 6 left off.
As of now users of the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone SE (First Generation) may be concerned about receiving the newest iOS 16 update. Apple recently launched iOS 15.4.1, but the iOS 16 upgrade is set to arrive in September 2022 with the new iPhone 14 series.
In this post, we’ll discuss whether or not users of the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone SE 2016 (First Generation) will be able to update to iOS 16.
iOS 16 Update Status for iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone SE (First Generation)
The main reason Apple will discontinue support for older iPhones, such as the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6S, and iPhone SE 2016 (First Generation) is because the internal components can no longer handle or run iOS effectively.
Sure, Apple could issue iOS updates to these phones, but it would essentially ruin the user experience. The phone would run slowly, apps would crash, and things just wouldn’t work as they should – and we all know that Apple doesn’t like that.
To run, the iOS 16 would need at least an A10 processor. The Apple A9 chipset, on the other hand, is found in the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone SE.
According to this rationale, the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone SE (First Generation) will not receive iOS 16 support.
Nothing is official, though, until Apple releases iOS 16 at WWDC 2022. The information should be taken with a grain of salt until Apple declares that support for the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone SE will be discontinued.
Last year, the idea that the iPhone 6S and the original iPhone SE would not be able to update to iOS 15 was inaccurate. However, the iOS 15 update later added compatibility for both devices.
Apple previously released iOS 15 for iPhones ranging from the iPhone 12 series, which debuted in 2020, to the iPhone 6S, which debuted in 2015. However, the first-generation iPhone SE, which was released in 2016, received the iOS 15 update as well.
What Should You Get Instead Of An iPhone 6s?
If you’ve been using an iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE 2016 (First Generation) since it was released, you’ve been missing out on a lot.
Since then, Apple has essentially redesigned its iPhone multiple times, improved its camera technology by a factor of 1000, and increased the iPhone’s performance capabilities by a huge margin.
Of course, 5G iPhones are now available, and all models in Apple’s iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 lines feature OLED displays.
The iPhone 14 series is also set to arrive later this year, so you may want to hold off until then. Because according to some rumors iPhone 14 series going to get a full redesign. Last time apple reduced the notch size with iPhone 13 series. But this time the notch will go away and we may see a dot display design from Apple.
Alternatively, the iPhone 13 is a great phone with excellent battery life and a killer camera.
Whatever model you choose, it will feel like a significant upgrade over the iPhone 6s. You also have a plethora of options: Apple now includes four models in each of its iPhone release cycles, though I would avoid the iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 13 Mini because the battery life is simply not up to par. However, all of the other models in these lines are excellent, particularly the iPhone 13 series. With these phones, Apple really found its stride.
It’s too early in the rumor cycle to say whether the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone SE (First Generation) will receive the latest iOS 16 updates. Apple is expected to make a decision on this during its net WWDC conference, which generally takes place in June. Apple last did this in 2019 with the release of iOS 13, when it discontinued support for the iPhone 6 series and other older iPhones.