This same week we knew of an alleged leak in which the list of iPhones that would be compatible with iOS 16 was known, a version that would not officially arrive until September 2022. We remember that the latest version of iOS that exists, which is 15.2, is compatible with iPhone 6s and later. Will it be the same when iOS 16 arrives?
Goodbye to the iPhone 6s and SE of 2016
IOS 13 was the last version to leave the iPhone out of the compatibility list, leaving the iPhone 6 in the gutter at that time, although these came to have 5 years of updates. The higher will be the record of the iPhone 6s regardless of its future, since yes or yes they will meet 7 years of updates next 2022. Will it continue to add milestones with iOS 16? We cannot confirm it, but based on the latest information, it will not.
The list of iPhones that could update to this version would be this:
- iPhone 7/7 Plus
- iPhone 8/8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XS / XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2nd gen.)
- iPhone 12/12 mini
- iPhone 12 Pro / 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13/13 mini
- iPhone 13 Pro / 13 Pro Max
Therefore, the aforementioned iPhone 6s would be left out, but also the first generation iPhone SE launched in 2016 and which shares the same chip as these others. To this list would be added the five new iPhones that the company could plan to launch in 2022, which would be precisely a third-generation iPhone SE accompanied by the new series of four new iPhone 14s.
Reasons for and against this leak
It is the French blog iPhoneSoft that has revealed this information, being a more or less recurring medium as far as data of this type is concerned. In the past, they were right with some compatibility lists, but last year they leaked a list identical to this year and it was not fulfilled. Taking into account that this data will only be revealed by Apple at WWDC 2022 in June, it seems that we will still take a long time to confirm it.
In any case, whether it is a real leak or not, this idea does not seem misguided. It was already a surprise to see the ‘6s’ and ‘SE’ as compatible devices of iOS 15 and, although they continue to perform well, the truth is that their hardware seems increasingly concise. Having 7 years of updates is something that no other brand guarantees and there would be nothing to reproach at this point.
In fact, leaving out some terminals could play very in favor of seeing more powerful developments in iOS 16, more in line with being able to perform on more recent hardware. We have already seen in iOS 15 how functions such as Live Text are only available in those that have a neural engine (iPhone XS, XR and later), so it would be a shame if in subsequent versions more and more iPhones were left without some functionality.
Be that as it may, we will remain attentive to new information that speaks about this. Who knows if we might even have some details about the news. We remember that in 2020 an alpha version of iOS 14 was even leaked.