September 2015: You purchased an iPhone 6S and welcomed a child. June 2022: You give your seven-year-old first-grader your seven-year-old iPhone. Your iPhone is running the most recent version of iOS, and your child is a seasoned traveller! We were both surprised and delighted to learn that the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus would receive iOS 15 during WWDC 2021, because everyone had expected iOS 14 to be the final software upgrade for the iPhone 6S. And, despite Apple’s decision to postpone the iPhone 6S’ demise, we’ve arrived… After a year, we finally know that Apple’s upcoming iOS 16 upgrade will not be available for the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. But this isn’t a cause for concern!
There will be no iOS 16 for the iPhone 6S, which means that Steve Jobs and Tim Cook’s masterpiece sold by The Beatles is over.
However, clearly, Tim Cook & Co felt generous but also felt like iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus could handle iOS 15 and gave it to it, making iPhone 6S the longest-supported smartphone in history. Aham. Anyway, nearly seven years after the original launch of the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, the phones remains surprisingly usable. My unit has a brand new battery, which makes it a viable option for a backup device in 2022 when your main phone dies or is out for repair.
In fact, I’d like to take a moment to celebrate the iPhone 6S’s unparalleled longevity. However, as it turns out, we also need to talk about the iPhone 7 and why this one also isn’t receiving iOS 16, despite being a year newer than the 6S – many people seem to be upset about that. We’ll also take a look at the future of Apple’s software support and see if this one’s getting shorter or longer. Both outcomes are likely. Let’s dive in! iPhone 6S: Is the longest-supported smartphone of all time usable in 2022? I must start by clarifying that the iPhone 6S “technically” wasn’t ever supposed to receive six iOS updates and seven years of software support. Apple’s traditional software support extends to “only” five years of OS updates and six total years of continuous support since the launch of an iPhone.
Sure, after six OS updates and seven years of existence, the iPhone 6S feels slow and sometimes even laggy when pushed a harder. However, in no way does this stop you from making calls, texting, watching YouTube videos, and scrolling through social media, which is what most people do on their phones anyway. Any serious gaming isn’t an option on the 6S anymore, both because of the old chip but mostly because of the tiny battery, which will tap out in no time. Still, the fact that this ancient iPhone is running the same version of iOS as the latest and greatest iPhone 13 Pro Max and covers the basics is something to applaud Apple for!
It’s (almost) time to move on from Apple’s timeless design: How iPhone 6 and 6S became the best-selling smartphones of all time When launched in 2014, the original iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus were met with mixed opinions. iPhone 5 was the last iPhone designed by Steve Jobs & Co, and people loved the compact form-factor. The bigger iPhone 6 and huge iPhone 6 Plus seemed out of the ordinary, but Apple had to adhere to the trend of bigger devices.
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