Apple is a company known to offer one of the best software support for older generation devices. Released back in 2018, iOS 12 even runs on devices that were released on the market in 2013, such as the iPhone 5S model, but there are rumors that say that some older iPhone models will not get the latest update, precisely the iOS 13 version.
It appears that only very old iPhone models will be truly affected, and this decision might put pressure on consumers to buy newer iPhone models.
One of the reasons why iPhone sales dropped in 2018 compared to the previous years was that Apple offered very cheap repairs for the batteries of the iPhone 6 or newer models. Now that this is over, Apple is looking into ways to convince more users to switch from their old devices to newer ones. One of these solutions might be the iOS 13, which might come without support for older models.
Last year Apple stopped manufacturing devices such as the iPhone 6S and iPhone SE, and the cheapest phone sold by Apple was the iPhone 7. So, iOS 13, which is scheduled to arrive in the fall, might only run on iPhone 7 or newer models.
This means that smartphones such as the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone SE, all based on pretty obsolete hardware, will not be able to install the iOS 13.
Also, a few older iPad tablets might also be affected by this, tablets such as the iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, iPad Mini 4, iPad Air and iPad Air 2.
At this time we don’t know precisely what iOS 13 will bring compared to the iOS 12 and why the operating system might be “incompatible” with older devices. So far rumors say the interface will have a black color scheme ( dark mode ). More about the iOS 13 will surely become available at the beginning of June when Apple will present the OS during the Apple WWDC event.