Apple (may have) dropped support for the 4s but not other A5 devices

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  1. Andres Cantu, Jun 13, 2016
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    How do you guys feel about this? Personally, I think they should have dropped all A5 devices. It doesn't make any sense to keep the iPad 2, iPad mini, and iPod touch 5 but drop the iPhone 4s.

    Now this means that the iPad 2 will have gotten 7 major iOS releases and support for 6.5 years (or 5 more versions than its predecessor).

    EDIT: seems like all A5/A5X devices were dropped after all.
     
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    Sometimes things are just not fair but Apple make the call on this.
     
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    Very true. Can't wait to see people react to the performance of an Early 2011 iPad 2 running iOS 10 in Mid 2017.
     
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    I suspect that anyone using the iPad 2 will be happy they got an update.
     
  5. Andres Cantu thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Yep, as they should, however, there will be those that will inevitably complain about its performance. Perhaps iOS 11 will be the year of 64-bit only.
     
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    There are always those who complain.
     
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    It's also kind of ironic because they showed a 4s in one of the videos.
     
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    The screenshot during the keynote didn't mention the iPad 2 nor iPad 3. Those were dropped.

    BL.
     
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    Believe it or not, they're still supported.
    Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 2.48.03 PM.png
     
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    Well, it looks like somebody at Apple messed up today!
     
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    Just someone trying to prove a useless point.
     
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    Are you talking about removing 4S support?
     
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    Be happy.

    The 4s was supported until now.

    Apple killed the iPhone 5 after only one year if it being the flagship.

    The 4 series has had unnaturally long life because it seems people wanted that phone for some reason. But at some point it had to go away.
     
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    The iPhone 5 is still be supported. Apple didn't kill it after a year. They put it in a different casing and called it the 5c.
     
  18. eyoungren, Jun 13, 2016
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    Oh, I know the 5 is supported but it never got the attention that the 4/4s got.

    Did Apple put the iPhone 4 in a plastic case and call it a new phone when the 4s launched? No. Apple moved it down a price tier and still advertised it.

    When the iPhone 5 was launched did Apple put the iPhone 4s in a plastic case and call it a new phone? No. They moved the 4s down a price tier and still advertised it.

    I expected that to happen with the 5, the first iPhone I ever purchased completely new.

    So did Apple move the iPhone 5 down a price tier when they launched the 5s? No, they put it in plastic and called it a brand new phone while discontinuing the iPhone 5 itself. One year is all you got.

    What about when the iPhone 6/6+ and 6s/6s+ launched? Where was the 4s then? Still being sold.

    The 4 and 4s got multiple years. So did the 5s.

    And now people who don't know think the SE is great but never realize that the SE uses the iPhone 5 form factor!

    Yeah, I'm bitter about it.
     
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    I remember the leaked SJ email about the "iPhone 4 Plus" which would have been kind of like a repackaged iPod touch. We will never know about that one...
     
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    I think I've had this conversation with you before. I still don't get why you care how long Apple kept selling the 5 as long as they kept supporting it with software and features, which they still do 4 years later, but whatever.
     
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    For the same reason iPad 3 owners were pissed off about the iPad 4.
     
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    That's not the same at all! They were pissed because the iPad 3 was replaced with a new significantly better model 8 months after launch! The iPhone 5 was replaced a year later with the 5s, in the standard predictable upgrade cycle.

    Your issue just seems to be that they discontinued a model that you already owned anyway, even though they continued to sell the same phone in a new body.
     
  23. Andres Cantu thread starter macrumors 68030

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    It was actually 7 months!

    Even if they stopped selling the iPhone 5, to me that made that iPhone more special. It even has the most unique color on an iOS device: slate.
     
  24. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Yes, that's my issue.
     
  25. Andres Cantu thread starter macrumors 68030

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    That's fair.

    One of the worse things they've done, in my opinion, is not giving the iPad 1 iOS 6 yet giving the iPad 2 iOS 9. Those iPad 1 early-adopters were really taken advantage of.
     

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