iPhone 7(+) iPhone 7: How much longer will it be supported

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by TohMac, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. TohMac macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2019
    Somewhere in the Universe
    We own 2 iPhone 7s and are shopping around now for new data plans but wondering how much longer the 7 will have support. I am not sure if i want to commit to another 2 years with this model. Any insight would be helpful. T.I.A.
  2. maerz001 macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2010
    as the 6s gets iOS13 the 7 probably ios14. so you should be safe for 2 more years.
    but even if it won't get ios15 it doesn't mean it will stop working;-)
  3. LovingTeddy macrumors 68000


    Oct 12, 2015
    It will be two more years at minimum. This year with iOS 13 and next year with iOS 14. If Apple does not plan major feature update with iOS 14 (much like iOS 12), then I will say iPhone 7 could get iOS 15. That will be 5 software updates.

    I think iPhone 7 will stop either at iOS 14 or iOS 15, depends on Apple.
  4. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Anyone is merely guessing, but at least two more years of iOS support, which would place the iPhone 7 at iOS 15 at the very most. (With iOS 14 being the least.)
  5. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040


    Jul 19, 2013
    Even if it's still supported, why would you still want to use an iPhone 7? I'm still rocking my 7+ but itching bad for a new iPhone. We are missing out on a ton of new tech in newer iPhones.
  6. TohMac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2019
    Somewhere in the Universe
    We are now retired so at home more often. I have iMacs, laptops, iPads so the phone isnt really used that much by either of us any longer so beyond quick phone calls and text, thats about all its being used for these days.

    Gone are the days I needed to have the latest.

    We have 2 unlimited data plans but are lucky if we use 2 1/2 gb each month per phone.
  7. rdy0329 macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2012
    The 7 is capable, 2 more years at the least is a safe bet, get a no-contract plan so you can get lower monthly fees.
  8. Seanm87 macrumors 6502

    Oct 10, 2014
    iPhone 7 is still a great phone. I’d argue the newest phones aren’t really that much different in day to day usage.
  9. TohMac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2019
    Somewhere in the Universe
    Havent had a contract plan in about a decade and buy our phones outright.
    Had been looking at a contract 2 year deal at a rare but amazing price that gave a recent great new iPhone in with the deal.
    Why I was wondering the life of these two 7s but hearing about 2 years, I decided to stay with the still more expensive plan for now for a few other reasons.

    Tend to agree with the above poster, that the new phones arent really all that different in day to day usage, at least in our case.

    Thanks to everyone that answered allowing me to make a better educated guess, choosing to stick and stay at the moment.
  10. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    iPhone 7 is still an excellent phone, rock-solid, Qualcomm modem/radio. Reliable, able to find signal just about anywhere, and well worth the price.
  11. oVerboost macrumors 6502a


    Sep 17, 2013
    United Kingdom
    The 7 will continue to be supported for a good while yet. It’s a solid device with strong specification.

    I’m still using an SE and with iOS 13 and it’s great, and that’s a year older (of sorts).

    Don’t worry about the 7 being phased pit anytime soon.
  12. adrianlondon macrumors 65816


    Nov 28, 2013
    I have a 6S. Even if iOS13 is the last one, it's fine. Sure, I'll be reading these forums wishing I had all those new cool iOS14 features (like, umm, extra dark mode? Exciting new Mail bugs?) but I'll survive.

    I hardly use it apart from as a FaceTime and iMessage backup while my phone is upgrading, as it's very slow, but my 1st gen iPad mini runs iOS9 and still boots and works ok.
  13. steve217 macrumors regular


    Nov 11, 2011
    The 7 was/is a great phone.

    Last all metal back, capacitive home button, great chip and camera.

    It’s a keeper that’s still got legs.
  14. Ev0d3vil macrumors 6502

    Sep 22, 2014
    Its still a very capable phone. Guess it will phase out when the iPad 6 phases out too.
  15. LovingTeddy macrumors 68000


    Oct 12, 2015
    Speaking of which. The new iPod Touch as same specifications has iPhone 7. I guess, iPhone 7 would be support for a while. If new iPod Touch gets the updates, there is no reason iPhone 7 does not. Guess we are set for other 3-4 years of iOS updates.
  16. big samm macrumors 65816

    big samm

    Oct 27, 2008
    iPhone 7plus is a good solid device!
    Ip67 ,solid state home button with fingerprint reader ,good camera system ,A10 chip , stereo speakers etc. Apple is still selling the iPhone 7 so im sure it will be supported for many years to come. Heck the iPhone 5s which came out in 2013 with ios 7 will get ios 13 that’s 6 years...
    You don’t have to worry your good for a long time.
  17. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    I wouldn't call an older iPhone model capable of running a newer version of iOS "support". Hundreds of millions of iPhones became unbearable to use in the past due to slowdowns and battery drain because they were "upgraded" to a newer version of iOS. I'd hardly call that support.
    Historically, iOS upgrades have been the number one "killer" of iPhones since the beginning. Maybe "killer" is too strong a word, but "crippler" certainly isn't.

    The "support" you're interested in is parts availability in the future, and after 5 years, everything Aplle makes becomes officially obsolete. But they've priced all their repairs out the roof anyway, so it rarely makes economic sense to repair an older model iPhone.

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