iPhone 5 or earlier Is it possible to update older iPhones with newer versions of iOS.

EddieGames

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My mom might be giving me her iPhone 5s. But I know you can’t install iOS 13 on it. Is there any loophole or whatever to install these newer versions on older devices?
 

C DM

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Oct 17, 2011
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My mom might be giving me her iPhone 5s. But I know you can’t install iOS 13 on it. Is there any loophole or whatever to install these newer versions on older devices?
You can install whatever the latest version of iOS is available for that device. In case of iPhone 5s that would likely be iOS 12.4.3 at this point.
 

EddieGames

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You can install whatever the latest version of iOS is available for that device. In case of iPhone 5s that would likely be iOS 12.4.3 at this point.
Yes, I know, but is there any other way to update to even newer versions, like iOS 13? Like do I have to download a version of iOS 13 for newer phones and install it on the phone through iTunes, or?
 

jcorbin

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I mean the phone is past support so other than circumventing the controls Apple has in place you’re stuck with iOS 12 or getting a newer phone.
 

Shirasaki

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The short answer is there is no solutions. You May consider getting an iPhone SE for your mom, which looks identical and function similarly. But with A9 Chip, you can run iOS 13 or maybe even iOS 14.
 

eyoungren

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Don’t think it’s an option without jail breaking the phone.
There's lots that jailbreaking can do, but this isn't one of those things. No version earlier than what the device was released with and no version later than what Apple cuts it off at.

No way around it.
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Well that stinks. I wanted to get the new features of iOS 13 on there. If there’s any solutions, please let me know.
Some newer features are dependent on newer hardware. Even if you could get it installed (and you can't) you could be missing what iOS needs for those new features to work.
 
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John dosh

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Well that stinks. I wanted to get the new features of iOS 13 on there. If there’s any solutions, please let me know.
Does not stink Apple have provided how many years of updates for that phone? Come on now how many years support would you like ten years.