Questionable Rumor Says iOS 13 Will Drop Support for iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and iPhone SE

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    iOS 13 will not be compatible with the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, or iPhone SE, and support for the original iPad Air and iPad mini 2 will also be dropped, according to a questionable rumor tipped to us by French blog


    This is at least the second time we've heard this rumor this year, but it remains questionable for a few reasons. For one, the iPhone SE uses the same A9 chip as the iPhone 6s and the fifth-generation iPad, so it would seem inconsistent if the iPhone SE was dropped but the latter two devices remained supported.

    It could be theorized that Apple wants to drop support for iOS devices with 4-inch displays, including the iPhone 5s and iPhone SE, but there is again some inconsistency there, as the sixth-generation iPod touch will allegedly run iOS 13.

    This rumor would be significant if accurate, however, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in particular were tremendously popular devices that are likely still in the hands of many millions of customers. Meanwhile, the fan-favorite iPhone SE was only released just over three years ago, in March 2016.

    iOS 13 is expected to be unveiled at Apple's annual WWDC keynote on June 3, so we'll find out for sure in less than a month.

    Article Link: Questionable Rumor Says iOS 13 Will Drop Support for iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, and iPhone SE
  2. DanGoh macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2014
    I can see the 6 and 6 Plus being dropped as they have 1GB of RAM and is almost 5 years old, but having the SE being dropped would suck.
  3. hank moody macrumors 6502a

    hank moody

    Jan 18, 2015
    I hope this is true.
    iOS13 would slow dows that phones.
    And Apple needs to sell new phones!
  4. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    Seems that the cut off is based on ram as the SE and the 6S plus have the same chip.
  5. Dented macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2009
    They also have the same ram, 2gb in both, so it's not that.

    Dropping the SE at this point would be unforgivable IMHO. It's identical internally to a 6S and younger too.
  6. DoctorTech macrumors 6502


    Jan 6, 2014
    Indianapolis, IN
    I could see them dropping the 5s but I really doubt they would drop the 6 or 6s. I have 2 daughters who are going to be upset if they drop support for the SE. They love the size of their SEs and have held onto them rather than upgrading to newer, larger phones.
  7. benshive macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2017
    United States
    I used my 6 Plus for years before upgrading to the X. It was such a great phone :)
  8. jagolden macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2002
    I think it should be left up to the phone owner to decide if they want to upgrade and take a supposed speed hit.
  9. oneMadRssn macrumors 601


    Sep 8, 2011
    New England
    When has Apple ever dropped OS support for a device that it was selling as new just a year ago? Never.
  10. poe diddley macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2005
    greensboro nc
    i dont buy it. too many 6's and 6s's in the field, along with the SE. i could almost believe the 5S tho.
  11. v1597psh macrumors regular


    Feb 4, 2014
    There is no way that A7 based mini 3 gets ios 13. It can barely run anything newer than iOS 9… I can see SE being dropped only because they may wanna stop development for 4’’ sizes. But also very unlikely as it’s being sold everywhere at authorised resellers.
  12. ph001bi macrumors regular

    May 26, 2015
    I agree, and it could fold long before people had ever heard of folding phones.
  13. Grey Area macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2008
    The 32 and 128 GB versions are even just 2 years old. If this turns out to be true, then my SE will have had the same poor upgrade support that my previous Androids had, and which made me switch to the iPhone. So I really hope this is a false rumor. I'd probably switch to annual Android burners.
  14. BootsWalking macrumors 65816

    Feb 1, 2014
    $12B in service revenue last quarter says this rumor is BS - no way Apple would risk a hit to their current primary growth strategy.
  15. Nikiaf macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2013
    Dropping support for the 6 would be surprising, but I think that phone is basically the iPad 3 of iPhones, it launched with underwhelming specs and might actually be unable to handle a new OS. Let's not forget that iOS12 was largely centered on performance tweaks than any big new features, so if iOS13 is a return to a more substantial update the 1GB of RAM may have finally become the straw that broke the camel's back.

    At the end of the day, the iPhone 6/Plus will be 5 years old by the time iOS13 officially launches, I think that's still a reasonable period of time to use a phone for. Most people will probably have gone through at least one phone contract in that timeframe.
  16. benshive macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2017
    United States
    I see where you're coming from but if you try and put yourself in Apple's shoes they'd probably have tons and tons of angry customers complaining about how a new update impacted the performance of their old phone because they don't keep up with the OS updates and just update when there's one available.
  17. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2013
    People do need to upgrade.

    People can't keep expecting free software upgrades forever. And Apple cannot possibly keep supporting old legacy devices that lack the capabilities to deliver a buttery smooth and delightful iOS experience.
  18. HacKage macrumors 6502

    May 14, 2010
    They were still selling iPhone SE a month ago according to multiple reports on this website!
  19. dumastudetto macrumors 68040

    Aug 28, 2013
    I can see the SE being dropped because Apple is expected to unveil a fresh new home screen experience, and this redesign probably won't be suited to smaller screen sizes.
  20. Pafoofnik macrumors member


    Apr 14, 2014
    Apple just sold their remaining inventory of brand new SE's online a few months ago, of which I bought one. They had three of these SE dumps over a few week's time. If the rumor is true and my two SE's will no longer be upgradable, I will begin a campaign of forced obsolescence for corporate CEO's, too.
  21. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    So what if it's true. Not going to miss the next animoji pack or dark mode.
    If the older phones are dropped, there better be a good explanation as to why, otherwise we'll come to our own conclusion$
  22. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    Oh I didn’t realise the SE also had 2GB. I agree though I think it would be unfair as the SE came out after the 6S.

    I think when they continued support for the 5S last year it made it difficult to predict which devices would get support going forward. Prior to that it was quite clear cut with the only real outlier being the iPad 2.
  23. longofest Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    They were still selling the SE until this past year. To drop software update support a year later would invite lawsuits - the least they would need to do is to continue to provide security updates to iOS 12, but that's not Apple's MO for iOS - they say if you want latest security patches, upgrade to the latest OS (vs MacOS where you can still get security patches on previous major versions).
  24. givemeanapple macrumors Demi-God


    Oct 2, 2016
    Very possible to happen. They need a way to make users upgrade to their newer $2000 64GB iPhone's.

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