iPhone 6(S)(+) iPhone 6S iOS 10.1.1 to iOS 12

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  1. retta283 macrumors 6502a

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    I got an iPhone 6S recently that is running iOS 10.1.1. However I am worried that iOS 13 will outright kill the 6S performance wise, so I am considering updating to 12 while I still can. My battery is at 70% health but still lasts quite well. I am worried about throttling mostly. What have other 6S users experienced?
     
  2. now i see it macrumors 68040

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    If iOS 13 bars the 6S, the last (and best) version of iOS 12 will be available to install forever on that phone, even when iOS 16 is out.
    I recently upgraded the OS on my old spare iPhone 5 a few months ago. The farthest it can go is iOS 10, so that's what got installed.

    Old versions of iOS can be installed, but only on devices that can't upgrade any higher.
     
  3. retta283 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I really doubt that iOS 13 will not support the 6S. It's also rare that old firmwares are signed again.
     
  4. parker5011 macrumors member

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    iOS 12 runs smoother than iOS 10 on the spare 6s I have. That’s what iOS 12 was meant to do. I don’t think the 6s will get 13.
     
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    iOS 12 runs fine on my iPad Air 2, which has similar performance to the 6s if not worse in some areas (A8X instead of A9, same amount of RAM). But I've been hesitant to update my iPhone 6s Plus from 10.3.3 and lose any discontinued 32-bit apps. If that weren't a concern I'd have updated it to 12 already.
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    Apple continues to sign the last supported version for use on that device, eg. iPhone 6 will remain able to update to 12, even though that device likely won't be supported by 13. But assuming iOS 13 does support the iPhone 6s, you have until at least mid September to decide whether or not to update to 12.
     
  6. retta283 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm aware they sign the latest supported firmwares. If they didn't they would probably get in trouble for crippling old phones. the new iOS 13 leaks show it will be only a minor update, more than 12 but still not huge. If they do, they are dropping 3 iPhone generations at once. Only 1 gen dropped in the past, never more.
     
  7. UnLiMiTeD558 macrumors 6502a

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    I bet it will, the 2017 iPad uses the same soc, no way Apple cutting off updates on a 2 year old product
     
  8. redheeler, May 6, 2019
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    Now that I think about it, the iPod Touch 6th generation has identical internals to the iPhone 6, and is still being sold. So no one knows for sure what devices Apple will decide to drop. It could be limited to the iPhone 5s, iPad Air and iPad mini 2.

    Overall I'm happy with Apple's OS support on the iOS side. It's the MacOS side that worries me, as Apple is inventing excuses to drop hardware that would otherwise perform fine on a given version of MacOS.
     
  9. parker5011 macrumors member

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    You may be right. I hope they support the 6s but isn’t it at least 3 years old now? (7, 8, XS)
     
  10. retta283 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, the 4S got iOS 9 so it is possible.
     
  11. parker5011 macrumors member

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    What a beast of a phone the 4s was.
     
  12. UnLiMiTeD558 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes but the iPhone 5s still gets iOS 12 so the 6s is safe for iOS 13
     
  13. nordique, May 6, 2019
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    I don't think the performance will be killed. iOS 12 is amazing on the 6s, I've toyed with it side by side on the same profile loaded on my iPhone XR and it's almost identical in performance. Quite remarkable. (Completely different from the experience one received with the iPhone 4 on iOS 7 vs the 5s on iOS 7). Also it takes advantage of every key feature in iOS 12 including the advanced ARkit features and Siri shortcuts

    Where you will lose out is battery life. I don't know why but iOS 11 and iOS 12 seem to really impact the battery life more on the 6s. Some good videos on YouTube if you want to take a peek
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    Apple has only shown they support the device as long as they can.

    With the iPhone 5s, it was supported until now - for *6 years by the time iOS 12 support ends

    The iPhone 6s is just over 3.5 years old and was sold until last September. It is still very powerful. I think it holds up comparably to mid range androids today. The A9 as a chip paired with iOS 12 does laps around those midrange Qualcomm chips.
     
  14. UnLiMiTeD558 macrumors 6502a

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    Yup, still have my old 6s plus as a back up and loaded on iOS 12 it runs amazing. Also a few people I know including my mother with the 2017 iPad with the A9 chip and it runs buttery smooth and they love them. While only a dual core chip, it’s proven to be a very powerful one
     
  15. aakshey macrumors 68000

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    iPhone 6s is getting iOS 13. Yes, that's happening.
     
  16. Duckhunter macrumors newbie

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    I run iOS 12 on my 6S work phone and it runs great!
     
  17. Jimmy James macrumors 601

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    They can cut off the 6s (I don’t think they will) and continue to support the iPad. I don’t give that much credit to ether Apple or consumers.
     
  18. Shirasaki macrumors G3

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    I run iOS 12 on my iPhone 6s Plus. It’s good. Not too great. Responsive enough, yet still laggy here and there or freeze.
    My suggestion is unless you absolutely need a couple features that iOS 12 provide, don’t upgrade.
     

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