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iOS 15 will probably not be headed to the original iPhone SE or the iPhone 6s series

The original iPhone SE and iPhone 6s will not be eligible for iOS 15. (Image source: Shiwa ID)
The original iPhone SE and iPhone 6s will not be eligible for iOS 15. (Image source: Shiwa ID)
Apple continues to lead the way with its excellent software support for older smartphones, unlike many Android OEMs. Ultimately, even Apple has a point where it drops iPhones from future iOS releases, and it seems like the iPhone 6s series will be on the chopping block as of iOS 15. The same will probably apply for the original iPhone SE, too.

Apple provides much longer software support for its smartphones than Android OEMs do, but even Apple has a cut off date for iPhones. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus support iOS 14, for instance, despite having been released over five years ago. Both devices can be upgraded to iOS 14.2 too, so Apple is not just leaving them on iOS 14. The same applies to the original iPhone SE, which arrived in March 2016.

However, a new report by The Verifier claims that Apple will only distribute iOS 15 as far back as the iPhone 7 series, meaning that the iPhone 6s series and the iPhone SE will miss the cut. Nonetheless, that should give the iPhone 6s series six years of software support and the iPhone SE five and a half, which remains market-leading.

Correspondingly, iOS 15 should make its way to the seventh generation iPod Touch and newer devices like the iPhone 8 series and iPhone 8. We would expect newer versions of Apple's other mobile OSes, iPadOS and watchOS, to arrive in September next year alongside iOS 15. Presumably, Apple will drop support for the iPad Air 2 as of iPadOS 15 and the Apple Watch Series 3 with watchOS 8, but the company will probably not announce which devices will be eligible for either OS until WWDC 2021. 

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The Verifier via MacWorld & Shiwa ID - Image credit

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Alex Alderson, 2020-11-24 (Update: 2020-11-24)
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Prior to writing and translating for Notebookcheck, I worked for various companies including Apple and Neowin. I have a BA in International History and Politics from the University of Leeds, which I have since converted to a Law Degree. Happy to chat on Twitter or Notebookchat.