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ztmike

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Mar 1, 2013
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So I guided my friend to a iPhone 5S that was shipped out today, her previous phone was the Motorola Moto G GPE that I also told her to get she had that for 2 1/2 years but has grown to old.

And she wanted something new within a $250 budget I suggested the 5S, but I'm curious just how long Apple will support this with full features and if it's still running good and not getting error messages or closing out apps due to age?

I'm hoping I didn't make a mistake ..this will be her first iOS device, and one with fingerprint security.
 

timeconsumer

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Aug 1, 2008
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So I guided my friend to a iPhone 5S that was shipped out today, her previous phone was the Motorola Moto G GPE that I also told her to get she had that for 2 1/2 years but has grown to old.

And she wanted something new within a $250 budget I suggested the 5S, but I'm curious just how long Apple will support this with full features and if it's still running good and not getting error messages or closing out apps due to age?

I'm hoping I didn't make a mistake ..this will be her first iOS device, and one with fingerprint security.

If your friend wants an iPhone with a $250 budget, I think the 5S is a valid suggestion. What helps the iPhone 5S is that it has a 64bit processor (A7) and TouchID. The RAM is only 1GB but even the 6/6 plus only have 1GB of RAM so Apple will have to support devices with only 1GB of ram for awhile.

Apple will be having their WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) from June 13-17. Apple will announce iOS 10 and should let us know which devices will get the update.

https://www.macrumors.com/roundup/wwdc/
 

bodonnell202

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Jan 5, 2016
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Should be fine, the 5s has aged fairly well. It's not the fastest iPhone available but it's by no means slow. Obviously there are some features that are not available on the 5s for hardware reasons such as Apple Pay and Live Photos, but otherwise it should continue to get updates until at least fall 2017, possibly longer.
 

eyoungren

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Aug 31, 2011
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My iPhone 5 is running iOS 9.0.1 but I could update to 9.3.1 (but won't).

The 5s should be able to do iOS 10 but probably not iOS 11.
 

akash.nu

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May 26, 2016
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Should be fine, the 5s has aged fairly well. It's not the fastest iPhone available but it's by no means slow. Obviously there are some features that are not available on the 5s for hardware reasons such as Apple Pay and Live Photos, but otherwise it should continue to get updates until at least fall 2017, possibly longer.
The only thing extra that I use on my iPhone 6 more than the 5S is Apple Pay. Literally that's it. Everything else should just work on 5S as well.
 

joeblow7777

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Sep 7, 2010
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Even the iPhone 4s (two generations older than the 5s) runs the latest OS. So yes, the 5s still gets full OS updates.
 
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TantalizedMind

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I hope the 5S keeps getting updates. I wanted an iPhone SE so bad but I've given up hope. 2 months and still sold out.
 

lordofthereef

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I suspect we will get another year out of it (two of you count all the minor updates before 11 will hit). 10.x will be the cap of history continues to repeat itself.
 
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