Uses for iPhones that no longer get iOS updates

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Retired Cat, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2013
    iPhone 4 got dropped after iOS 7, and iPhone 4s is going to lose support after iOS 9.

    What does one do with an unsupported iPhone? If it no longer gets iOS updates it becomes a bigger security liability as time goes on.

    Throw out/recycle? Use as iPod? Or take chances and keep using as phone?
  2. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    Our older devices get downgraded to media devices. I use my iPhone 5 on WiFi mainly to stream Google Music, but it's got other uses such as controlling iTunes on my laptop, being used as a camera or to do various things with Dropbox, etc.

    I had a 3GS at one point and my kids played all their games on it. My iPad covers that use now but my iPhone 5 could easily do that.

    I also have and app on there that allows me to monitor my MacPro at work via an iStat Menus server.
  3. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    You can use them as phones or just WiFi devices. For the vast majority the security issues aren't things that will ultimately affect them at any point.
  4. SSAJ macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2016
    There will be apps made for ios9 untill nxt year so if you look at the 4S its only half dropped

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