iPhone finally announced that they will launch their latest operating system, namely iOS 16. This was conveyed directly by Apple at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2022, Monday (6/6) local time. Apple said the official release of iOS 16 is expected to come this fall.
One surprising thing is that some older iPhones no longer get the iOS 16 update. In fact, Apple doesn’t mention the iPhone version directly, they only mention that at least an iPhone 8 or newer will get the iOS 16 update.
This means that the first generation iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone SE no longer have support for operating system updates from Apple.
The iPhone 7 and SE were released in 2016, while the 6S was released in 2015, meaning they received nearly six and seven years of software update support, respectively.
Previously, the internet world was excited about the news that the iPhone 7 did not get the iOS 16 update. They thought that only iPhone 6s and below would not get the update.
Not a few Twitter users complain about Apple’s decision because the iPhone 7 users are still very much. They were disappointed by the news.
Apple is known to provide support for software updates for quite a long time compared to middle-class and flagship Android devices. The average android device only gets security updates for up to five years.
iOS 16 will be available as beta software and will be available starting next month. While the official release is expected this fall.
Here’s a list of all iPhone models compatible with iOS 16:
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
iPhone SE (2020)
iPhone XS and XS Max
iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max
iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max
iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max
iPhone SE (2022).
So for iPhone users who still want to get the latest update onwards, then the only way to go is to replace it with a compatible iPhone smartphone as described above.
Several changes were made by Apple in the iOS 16 update, such as changes to the lock screen display, notifications, iMessage, Safari, and several other basic applications.