Have you ever heard that an Android device older than three years is receiving a new software update? Not likely, right? Well, Apple just made a record of sorts by announcing that the iPhone 6s, a phone that launched in September 2015, will be receiving the iOS 15 update later this year. The iPhone 6s is the oldest on the compatible list alongside its bigger sibling, the iPhone 6s Plus.
Apple confirmed that iOS 15 would roll out to close 20 iPhone models ranging from iPhone 12 series launched in 2020 to the iPhone 6s from 2015. The next oldest device set to receive the iOS 15 update is the iPhone SE first-gen, which launched in March 2016.
While it’s no surprise that the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE may miss out on a bunch of new features introduced with the iOS 15 update. Mostly because of the hardware limitations, but anyway, it’s a promising thing for someone in the Android ecosystem and who can understand what it means to be left out of even promised software updates.
The Verge points out that the iOS 15 features like Visual Lookup, Live Text in photos, FaceTime updates, and some other features won’t be supported on the iPhone 6s due to processor limitations.
The extended iOS support for the iPhone 6s comes as a surprise, considering the iPhone 5s stopped receiving iOS updates after five years. The iPhone 5s received the iOS 12 update but wasn’t eligible for iOS 13. With the extended software support, Apple gives another reason why buying an iPhone is actually great value, and there’s just no Android parallel.
With iOS 15 update announcement, meme fest kicked off to hail iPhone 6s
Soon after Apple revealed the list of compatible iPhones which will get an iOS 15 update, it sparked jokes on Twitter where some hailed iPhone 6s while some criticised the move.A few were concerned about the iPhone 6s performance post iOS 15 update, while some compared it to the Android ecosystem.