Will iOS drop the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 (and iPhone 6 Plus) at the same time?

maclunian

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Having looked at the specs of the iPhone 6 vs the 5s, the RAM is exactly the same and the CPU/GPU speed differences are not all that great. It's the most insignificant change in a long time in iPhone's history. The A8 chip does not appear to do much that the A7 wasn't able to do.

In addition, the screen size in the 6/6 plus is significantly larger, thus demanding more to keep it going.

I'm thinking that in around 5 years time, the 5s, 6 and 6+ will all lose iOS support at the same time. What are your thoughts?
 

barkomatic

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Not only does the 5s and 6 have the same amount of RAM as the 5s--it has the same amount as the 5. I think the iPhone 6(+) will have the shortest lifecycle of any iPhone to date.
 

maclunian

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Not only does the 5s and 6 have the same amount of RAM as the 5s--it has the same amount as the 5. I think the iPhone 6(+) will have the shortest lifecycle of any iPhone to date.
The iPhone 5 and (5c) has 1GB LPDDR2 RAM
The iPhones 5S, 6 and 6+ have 1GB LPDDR3 RAM

The iPhone 5 also has a 32-bit architecture
The iPhone 5s, 6 and 6+ have a 64-bit architecture and are much faster than the 5.
 

T5BRICK

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I'm thinking that in around 5 years time, the 5s, 6 and 6+ will all lose iOS support at the same time. What are your thoughts?
5 years? I'm guessing the 5s will support iOS 10, and the 6/6+ will support iOS 11.

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By that logic the iPhone 3g should have been dropped at the same time as the OG IPhone since they had the same specs.
And the 4 along with the 3GS.
 

maclunian

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By that logic the iPhone 3g should have been dropped at the same time as the OG IPhone since they had the same specs.
Do you know why the OG iPhone was dropped before the iPhone 3g if they had the same specs? What did iOS 4 require that the OG iPhone didn't have?

I remember when iOS 6 was announced only devices with a camera and 256mb of RAM were supported. iOS 5 supported all devices with 256mb of RAM regardless of whether or not they had a camera.
 
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Do you know why the OG iPhone was dropped before the iPhone 3g if they had the same specs? What did iOS 4 require that the OG iPhone didn't have?

I remember when iOS 6 was announced only devices with a camera and 256mb of RAM were supported. iOS 5 supported all devices with 256mb of RAM regardless of whether or not they had a camera.
Becuase they wanted their flagship of the time to suppot 3g.

Its not all about what you see on paper. The new A8 chip is a smaller chip and more powerful overall.
 

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Having looked at the specs of the iPhone 6 vs the 5s, the RAM is exactly the same and the CPU/GPU speed differences are not all that great. It's the most insignificant change in a long time in iPhone's history. The A8 chip does not appear to do much that the A7 wasn't able to do.

In addition, the screen size in the 6/6 plus is significantly larger, thus demanding more to keep it going.

I'm thinking that in around 5 years time, the 5s, 6 and 6+ will all lose iOS support at the same time. What are your thoughts?
Interesting question.
Performance wise there are differences, but on a technical point of view, 5S and 6 are similar.

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I am still trying to cope with the idea of using a five year old iPhone. :eek:
In my case, not even a three years old...
I think three years are the limit for a satisfying experience.
 

sanke1

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I challenge OP to use iPhone 6+ after 2 years. I bet he would be fed up with it in less than 1 year and move over to newer iPhone model.

Software will take long time to make it outdated.
 

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the 5s will be dropped before Iphone 6 ... of course, The Iphone 6 has an A8 chip .. Long Live to A8!!
 

Paddle1

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Apple will shoehorn the update on it if they have to, see: iPhone 3G, iPhone 4.
 

Tthomas612

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Right now the requirement is 512 MB OF RAM. I'd say that with iOS 9 the requirement will be 1 GB OF RAM. That will go on probably until iOS 12. By then it may have to be 2GB of RAM, but as far as the 6 and 5s losing support at the same time... It won't happen. The 5s will lose support after iOS 10 and the 6/6+ will get iOS 11.

Also why would the 6 and 6+ have the shortest life of any iPhone? So it's ios life will be shorter than the original? Not going to happen.

Technically speaking the iPhone with the shortest life is the iPhone 5 as it was completely discontinued after 350 days or whatever... Although it still gets iOS updates, but iOS 9 will be it's last one.

Anyways who could use an iPhone for 5 years?? I'd have trouble using the same one for an ENTIRE 2 years let alone 5 YEARS?!?!?
 

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Right now the requirement is 512 MB OF RAM. I'd say that with iOS 9 the requirement will be 1 GB OF RAM. That will go on probably until iOS 12. By then it may have to be 2GB of RAM, but as far as the 6 and 5s losing support at the same time... It won't happen. The 5s will lose support after iOS 10 and the 6/6+ will get iOS 11.

Also why would the 6 and 6+ have the shortest life of any iPhone? So it's ios life will be shorter than the original? Not going to happen.

Technically speaking the iPhone with the shortest life is the iPhone 5 as it was completely discontinued after 350 days or whatever... Although it still gets iOS updates, but iOS 9 will be it's last one.

Anyways who could use an iPhone for 5 years?? I'd have trouble using the same one for an ENTIRE 2 years let alone 5 YEARS?!?!?
In the past they never set requirements based on RAM amount.
Btw five years are definitely too much of an expectation, in my opinion, but three years are absolutely fine, especially if you are a light to moderate user.
 

Tthomas612

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In the past they never set requirements based on RAM amount.
Btw five years are definitely too much of an expectation, in my opinion, but three years are absolutely fine, especially if you are a light to moderate user.
I know RAM aren't requirements, but if you look at everything that has been supported it could be the way they are going. Apple never talks about the amount of RAM inside of the iPhone.
 

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I know RAM aren't requirements, but if you look at everything that has been supported it could be the way they are going. Apple never talks about the amount of RAM inside of the iPhone.
Unfortunately on forums like this people speak only about RAM, lol