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iOS 18 will be compatible with the iPhone XR, and thereby also the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max models with the same A12 Bionic chip, according to a post on X today from a private account with a proven track record of sharing build numbers for upcoming iOS updates.

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The post was spotted by MacRumors contributor Aaron Perris, and it has since been deleted. However, this was likely because the account prefers to keep a low profile, and many of its previously-deleted posts contained accurate information.

If this rumor is accurate, iOS 18 would be compatible with the same iPhone models as iOS 17:
  • iPhone 15
  • iPhone 15 Plus
  • iPhone 15 Pro
  • iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone SE (3rd generation)
Apple is expected to announce iOS 18 at its annual developers conference WWDC in June, and the update should be released to all users with a compatible iPhone in September. So far, the update is rumored to include new generative AI functionality for Siri and more, RCS support in the Messages app, and design changes.

The same source expects iPadOS 18 to drop support for iPad models with the A10X Fusion chip.

Article Link: iOS 18 Rumored to Be Compatible With These iPhone Models
 
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EugW

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If our XR is supported, I’ll be pleasantly surprised. Good that it will get both RCS (iOS 17.4?) and full updated iMessage encryption support.

That will make a perfect hand me down phone for my young daughter.
 

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Pretty much as expected, but how much of a leg up is an iPhone 16 Pro going to have over a measly XS for AI applications? It doesn't seem likely for the processing to happen on device.
 

EugW

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Pretty much as expected, but how much of a leg up is an iPhone 16 Pro going to have over a measly XS for AI applications? It doesn't seem likely for the processing to happen on device.
Yeah but who really cares? As you know, not all features of iOS versions are always supported on older supported models. Even if the XS doesn’t get updated AI support, that’s fine.
 

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My spouse still has an 11 and I'm surprised to see it on the list. It really has gotten long in the tooth.

I suppose if you use it every day and have nothing to compare it to, you don't see it. But I picked the 11 up the other day after using my 15PM and it was a world of difference.
 

EugW

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My spouse still has an 11 and I'm surprised to see it on the list. It really has gotten long in the tooth.

I suppose if you use it every day and have nothing to compare it to, you don't see it. But I picked the 11 up the other day after using my 15PM and it was a world of difference.
I'm not surprised at all the 11 is on the list. That was totally expected. It was the XR/XS series that was most at risk of being cut.
 

icemantx

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Hoping Apple works on 8 year support again 🤞
Also any status on Macs?
My guess (take it for what it is - a guess) is that any Mac released in 2018 or earlier (only the iMac Pro is pre-2018 released in 2017) will be dropped from support of new versions this year.

This will get more Intel Macs off the Mac OS support list until they are all unsupported likely by 2028 (5 years after the end of selling the last Intel Mac Pro).
 

System603

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Has Apple made any official pledge of longer support?

I prefer Apple's track record instead of a mere pledge, but I like that Google and Samsung finally caught up in words the reality of Apple's long support and officially state 7 years of not just security updates but even real version support.

Would be nice for Apple to state the same as they already pretty much do that. And then even over-deliver, just like they often do ❤️

Devices having longer, more secure lifespan is great for everyone.

  • Handing down your phone with ease of mind
  • or selling your phone with larger (real) value because of longer support
  • Apps that "everyone" uses like banks, browsers, social media, etc. having it easier to support same OS version even for much older devices
Great stuff for users (that update), for app developers (mostly), ...for planet even. What's not to like?
 
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krspkbl

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Either impressive or people should prepare for disappointment!

With how much the rumors suggest Apple is beefing up AI with iOS 18 then it'll be impressive if the SE/XR can do any meaningful AI stuff. Of course, they could get iOS 18 but lack features...which I guess is disappointing in a way for those who own those phones but at least you'll get another major update.

I have a 15 Pro Max and I'm worried it might not have enough memory to do AI stuff. Depends how hard Apple go. I have 512GB storage with loads of free space so should be able to accommodate any models but I could see Apple restricting features based on storage capacity with iOS 18. 128GB models will probably not get many features so I think 256GB will be the cut off point. People might need to free up some space too :)
 

SmugMaverick

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They dropped the X and 8 last year, I don't trust this list tbh.

Only reason they'd possibly support the XS and XR will be because of Google and Samsung now doing 7 years of support.

I dread to see how bad the XR will run on iOS 18 and what actual features it'll get.
 

SactoGuy18

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I could keep my iPhone 12 for one more year with iOS 18.0 but I do want something much more modern--hence I am getting an iPhone 16 Plus 512 GB when that becomes available in late September 2024.
 
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Now for real - iPhone XR from 2018 - 6 years of support, that's nice. Keep it up Apple.

Including the XR would actually mean seven years of support. Whether or not it actually happens remains to be seen as Apple's norm has been six years. Perhaps Apple is looking to increase length of support now that Google and Samsung each started offering seven years.
 

EugW

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They dropped the X and 8 last year, I don't trust this list tbh.

Only reason they'd possibly support the XS and XR will be because of Google and Samsung now doing 7 years of support.

I dread to see how bad the XR will run on iOS 18 and what actual features it'll get.
The XR runs iOS 17 really well. Speed with iOS 18 will be fine. 3 GB is a decent amount of RAM.
 

Populus

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Pretty much as expected, but how much of a leg up is an iPhone 16 Pro going to have over a measly XS for AI applications? It doesn't seem likely for the processing to happen on device.
AI features will most likely be available only to A14 devices and higher, because this was when the SoC’s Neural Engine went from 8 to 16 cores.
 
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