iPhone 6(S)(+) Will the iPhone 6 support iOS 13?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by CT30, Dec 8, 2018.

  1. CT30 macrumors newbie

    Sep 15, 2018
    When iOS 13 comes out next year (September-October 2019), do you think the iPhone 6 will be able to use that or will iOS updates for the 6 be cut off at 12.something?

    IIRC, the release of iOS 12 a few months ago didn't 'cut off' support for any phones. I think Apple may stop supporting the 5S with updates when iOS 13 is released but I'm not sure about the 6.
  2. now i see it macrumors 68040

    Jan 2, 2002
    My guess is iOS 12 is the end of the line for the 6 & 6 Plus.
  3. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    I don’t think it will. If it does support iOS 13, I doubt it will be an ‘Over the air’ update, it might have to be installed via iTunes.
  4. Shirasaki macrumors G3


    May 16, 2015
    iOS 12 will be the end of iOS support for A8 devices I believe. A8 is not that powerful after all. A9 could hold another year or two, given the stagnated improvements of iOS over the past few years.
  5. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    It would be somewhat odd to cut off 5s and 6 at the same time. That said, no one can even really guess meaningfully one way or another.
  6. BrettApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2010
    Heart of the midwest
    If I had to take a guess. I would say iOS 12 is the end of the line for all 1Gb RAM devices. iPhone 5s and 6 included. But not end for all A8 devices. As the iPad Air 2 and Mini 4 both have an A8 but with 2GB of RAM in them. They still run very smooth. Particularly the triple core A8X in the Air 2. I can tell almost no difference between it and a newer 5th/6th gen iPad. Other than the screen looking nicer actually.

    I’d expect A9 and up to keep on for a couple more years easily.

    Better to leave on a high note instead of some laggy version of iOS that never should have been released for it in the first place. iOS 4 on the iPhone 3G is a good example. Even iOS 7 on the iPhone 4 was rather poor.
  7. JPack macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2017
    I suspect it will, as HomePod is effectively an iPhone 6 that runs iOS without a display attached. iPhone 6 is still being manufactured new for markets like India. iOS 13 is supposed to be heavy on features for iPad so there may not be many changes for iPhone.
  8. darkelipse04 macrumors member


    Nov 5, 2004
    The A8 powers the Homepod and previous generation of Apple TV, my guess is support for it sticks around a bit longer.
  9. FeliApple, Dec 9, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2018

    FeliApple macrumors 65816


    Apr 8, 2015
    It would be odd for Apple to quit support on iOS 13 for both the 5s and the 6, but wouldn't it be the most sensible thing to do?
    I'd rather Apple quit support earlier - one or two years early - and leave the device on an iOS version that works decently (so far, I believe the only case was the iPhone 5 and 5c, which work fine on iOS 10), rather than take it as far as possible and cripple them irreversibly.
    That said, I doubt the 6+ especially can support iOS 13 perfectly, hence why I think it would be better for it to be cut off.
  10. NoBoMac macrumors 68020

    Jul 1, 2014
    I'm going with "no" as well.

    2019 will be end-of-support for the hardware, as Apple tends to drop hardware after five years. And iOS 12 is 5th OS for the hardware, where again, Apple tends to only go five OS versions for specific hardware, particularly iOS devices (yes, there are some cases where an extra major version or two was released for specific hw).
  11. BugeyeSTI macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
    I'd say iOS12 will be the end of support for the 5S, 6/6+.. 1gb of ram just won't cut it especially if iOS13 brings added functions/features or possibly even a fresh new design. iOS12 has given those older phones a good OS to end on and carry them for a couple more years with decent performance.
  12. AppleHaterLover macrumors 68000

    Jun 15, 2018
    I don’t think it will be supported and honestly it’s about time.

    iOS 12 is leaps and bounds better for older devices. And there’s no point in giving them any new features.
  13. Silver Idaten macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2015
    Stratford, CT
    If they only have 1GB of RAM, this is likely the end. Best not to push them further, remember iOS 7 on the iPhone 4 and what a disaster that was. The 6S, Air 2, Mini 4, SE, etc. still have several years ahead of them thanks to their upgraded RAM.
  14. AppleHaterLover macrumors 68000

    Jun 15, 2018
    Sorry, your logic is flawed. iPhone 4S had 512MB of RAM, the same as iPhone 4.

    The problem is the processor, as always.
  15. macrumor2018 macrumors newbie


    Dec 19, 2018
    I think the iPhone 6 will get iOS 13. It's got an A8 chip (currently used in the 2017 HomePod) with 2 billion transistors as well as 50% faster GPU and 25% faster CPU performance than the 1 billion transistor A7 chip in iPhone 5s. 802.11ac wi-fi is another feature lacking in the 5s but ever-present in the iPhone 6.

    Have you considered that maybe all the 64-bit (A7 and A8) chips with a minimum clock speed of 1.4GHz could get an extra year of support? This would mean the iPhone 5s and iPad mini 2 and 3 would be the only devices to lose support next year...
  16. Vivian125 macrumors 6502


    May 19, 2017
    TrueLaLey Sister, So True and i agree with you. Look at the iPhone 4 it lacks ram on iOS 7 even it has the SAME RAM as iPhone 4S both 4 and 4/s are both 512MB Ram. I didn't know why 4S still manage to get iOS 9 even it has 512MB Ram like the 4.

    I realize, in Apple it doesn't matter if the device has more ram. In Apple, the newer the device is, even the specs is only slightly better than its predecessor (Like the iPad 3 it didn't get iOS 10 even it has 1GB RAM just like the iPhone 5 and 5S witch gets the iOS 10 even if they are getting slower..) the longer it will still be getting supported.

    So i guess, if we base on performance even the 5S will get iOS 13 (since the 5s still fast)
  17. macrumor2018 macrumors newbie


    Dec 19, 2018
    iPhone 4 had a single-core CPU (Apple A4 SoC). iPhone 4s had a dual-core CPU & GPU (Apple A5 SoC). The iPhone 4s also had ~ 7× faster graphics performance than iPhone 4.

    The Apple A5X chip (in iPad 3) had a much lower clock speed than Apple A6X (in iPad 4). In fact, iPad 3's CPU performance was the same as iPad 2. The iPad 3 had more ram and 2 extra GPU cores to compensate for the Retina display. Hardly any intrinsic improvement over iPad 2 at all.

    As for the iPhone 5s, it won't be getting iOS 13. No Apple A7 devices are currently sold by Apple. The HomePod (with an Apple A8 SoC possessing 1GB RAM) was released late last year, so we can assume it will receive updates at least until sometime in 2020.
  18. m0sher, Dec 28, 2018
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2018

    m0sher macrumors 6502


    Mar 4, 2018
    Maybe I’m wrong but wouldn’t iOS updates continue on iPhone 6 and up until 64 bit is no longer supported in iOS updates itself?

    Until 128 bit comes out, the 6 may be in line for quite a bit of updates before Apple stops support and when it does that will happen to ALL 64 bit processors I’m assuming. Kind of like when Apple stopped 32 bit support with 10.3.2 iOS on the 5 which happened 5 years later after 64 bit came out.
  19. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    Given that the 5s supports iOS 12 and by most accounts older devices enjoyed improved performance rather than diminished on the current OS, I think that the 6 will go for at least another year.
  20. user1234 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2009
    I think it's possible that the 6 may get iOS 13 but I wouldn't count on it. I think it depends a lot on what iOS 13 will be like. If it is a big update it may want more RAM or better CPU/GPU performance for smooth operation.

    If Apple manages to improve performance even more from 12 or even just keeping it in line with iOS 12 it would be possible. The question is if they deem it worth to spend resources on testing and development for it given it may struggle with performance. It's not that much faster than the 5S after all.
  21. Shanghaichica macrumors G4


    Apr 8, 2013
    I think iOS 13 will be the last update. The 5S and the other A7 devices got iOS 12. I think the cut off point will be A8 this year.
  22. Atomic77 macrumors regular


    Jul 8, 2017
    West Bend Wisconsin
    The iPad mini 2 was discontinued by apple last year but still gets the latest updates and so does the iPhone 6. I think it still has a lot of life left.
  23. pika2000 macrumors 601

    Jun 22, 2007
    If iOS 13 drop anything, it would be the A7 first, as iOS 12 saved it from being dropped.
    Apple usually drop support by the chip. A8 is in the HomePod and non4K AppleTV, always I would say it will still be supported. That doesn’t say that their performance will be great. iPhone 6/6 Plus will probably the one the suffer the most on iOS 13. I mean I’m not too sure my A9 would get a nice treatment either.

    iOS 12 was an “anomaly” thanks to the botched iOS 11. If we go back to status quo with iOS 13, we can expect A7 to be dropped, A8 onward continue to be supported, and iPhone 6/6 Plus will have the worst user experience amongst all iOS 13 devices.
  24. maxjohnson2 macrumors regular

    Mar 24, 2017
    Yes the A8 is powerful enough to handle iOS 13, but Apple wants your money.
  25. Michael383 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2011
    My opinion is that iOS 13 will be the last update for the iPhone 6 and 6+.

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