iPhone SE didn't come with iOS 9.3

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Annajules, Feb 5, 2017.

  1. Annajules macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2017
    I just bought an iPhone SE. Was a little surprised that the default software it came with is 10.1.1. I was expecting and hoping it to come with 9.3 as from prior experience, iPhones run most seamlessly on their native iOS.

    When I got the iPhone 5 in December 2013, it came with its native iOS 6 despite 7 already being available.

    Why don't all iPhones come with their native iOS out of the box?
  2. bcave098 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 6, 2015
    Northern British Columbia
    I imagine they come with whatever version is the newest when the device was manufactured.
  3. SSAJ macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2016
    Yeah they come with the latest version of which is available at the time of manufacturing
  4. Cameroncafe10a macrumors member


    Oct 15, 2016
    I know someone who recently bought an iPad Pro 9.7" and it came with iOS 10.0.2
  5. iOSUser7 macrumors 6502a


    Jun 23, 2014
    It came on iOS 10 because Apple still sells the iPhone SE today so they install the latest firmware before shipping.

    This was a different story for your iPhone 5 in December 2013 because Apple discontinued the iPhone 5 in September 2013 (and replaced it with the 5c) so all the iPhone 5 sealed in their box were (and still are today if you are lucky enough to find one) running iOS 6.x.x because this was the latest firmware at the time this phone was still sold by Apple.
  6. Thor_1 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2016
    Makes sense. Phone is still in production and selling well.
  7. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    It's not abnormal to ship with the latest OS. The SE is no exception being how popular it is.
  8. regkilla macrumors 6502


    Mar 19, 2013
    I bought an iPhone SE off eBay and it came on iOS 9.3.3. I was easily able to jailbreak it.
  9. BearBert macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2015
    Friend of mine brought an SE from Apple on Friday and it had 9.3
  10. makinao macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2009
    Don't worry. My 8-month old SE is currently on 10.2.1 with no problems or lag.
  11. daijholt macrumors 65816


    Jun 14, 2013
    Wales, UK
    As said, completely depends on what is current at time of manufacture. Bare in mind devices could be built, then sit on a shelf for months before someone buys them, which is why you'll often get devices on older software out of the box.
  12. nburwell macrumors 601


    May 6, 2008
    Same here. My SE operates just as smooth on iOS 10.2.1 as it did on iOS 9.3.5. Rest assured your device will still work just fine.
  13. Annajules thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 5, 2017
    Thanks for the responses everyone!

    The ios 10 does indeed run smoothly on my SE. Sounds strange but I would have preferred to experience the original ios on SE and not update it until apps become incompatible.

    I only went from ios 6 to ios 8 to ios 10 when apps started becoming incompatible, skipping ios 7 and 9 on my iphone 5. Every time I upgrade, I feel the drop in battery life and the extra time it takes to load.
  14. Stevessvt, Feb 17, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2017

    Stevessvt macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2010
    Maybe it's good it came with 10 on it then, now you have no point of reference of the older iOS to compare it against.
  15. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
  16. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    Fortunately most times, iOS updates becomes more Productive in managing the battery better. That's at least part of the goal.

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