How long will the 5 series be supported?

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  1. venomgt95 macrumors 6502

    venomgt95

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    I just recently picked up an iPhone 5C, (A long needed upgrade from my 3GS) and i was just curious as to how long Apple may support the 5/5C with updates? (I didn't include the 5S because that has a better chip, ergo, more updates) And seeing as the 4S has now supported 5 versions of iOS, can we expect the 5C to get the same love?
     
  2. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    We can't really expect anything, people can basically just guess.
     
  3. venomgt95 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, seeing how well they already run iOS 9, you'd expect it to be kept alive for a few more years.
     
  4. geoff5093 macrumors 68000

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    Many people on the iPhone 5S and even 6 are complaining about lag with iOS 9. The fact is the iPhone 5C is running essentially 3.5 year old hardware, so it's likely near the end of it's software update life. You may get iOS 10, but after that I wouldn't expect anything more.
     
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  6. venomgt95 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That was my rough estimate, iOS 10 (or maybe like 10.4 if there is one)
     
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  8. jakja83 macrumors member

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    My last 5S ran iOS 9 very fluidly. Also, batterylife was fantastic. I unplug at 06:00 AM and at 5 PM I often had 80+ percent remaining.
     
  9. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    What do you do with the phone during the day? How much usage shows up on the phone at 5 PM with 80%+ battery left?
     
  10. TheIntruder macrumors 6502a

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    The 5C's A6 is 32-bit.

    Apple made 64-bit apps a requirement this year, and no longer sells a 32-bit iOS device, so the signs are there.

    With OS X, having a 64-bit EFI and 64-bit processor (which excluded the first Mac Pros) formed the cutoff for support. Machines that meet those requirements are still supported by El Cap.

    If and when iOS goes all 64-bit is likely to be when support is dropped. It won't be RAM-based, as iPhone 6es still only have 1GB.
     
  11. jakja83 macrumors member

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    Send a couple of messages, make a couple of short calls - what normal people do?
     
  12. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    You'll find that a lot of people do quite a bit more. No one is saying that something isn't or is normal, simply asking what you typically do and what kind of usage you get with that kind of battery timing/use.
     
  13. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

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    2 years is my guess. The 4S is sluggish with iOS 9, so I expect this will be the end for the 4S (about 1 year left). I expect that iPhone 5 and 5C will get iOS 10, and be dropped at iOS 11 (Sept. 2017).
     

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