New rumors are suggesting Apple’s forthcoming iOS 13 update won’t be compatible with the iPhone 5s, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus, with the report also claiming Apple may drop support for the iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, and possibly the iPad mini 4.
The report comes from Israeli site The Verifier who notes that in addition to supposedly dropping support for a vast amount of hardware, Apple will limit the amount of new features coming to its range of older iOS 13 compatible devices, such as the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8, a move to “make as many users upgrade to the latest models of iPhones.”
The report should be taken with a pinch of salt. The report cites the iPhone 6s as a device that won’t support iOS 13, though no mentioning of the fifth-generation iPad being on the list of unsupported hardware raises eyebrows as both the fifth-generation iPad and the iPhone 6s use the A9 chip.
iOS 13 will supposedly bring a whole host of new features, including Dark Mode, major iPad enhancements such as a new iPad home screen, the ability to tab through multiple versions of a single app like pages in a web browser, and improvements to file management, alongside upgrades to the CarPlay system, reports Bloomberg.
It isn’t that hard to imagine Apple dropping support for the iPhone 5s given that the device launched in 2013 with iOS 7, but it would be quite a bold move for Apple to effectively kill the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus that launched in 2015 with iOS 9.