With the arrival of iOS 13 a week ago came the question of compatibility with the iPhone. For the first time in two years, an iPhone falls off the list of devices that can install the new version of iOS. The iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus will not be compatible with iOS 13 when the update is released this September.
If you are a user of one of these iPhone, surely you wonder what will happen thereafter. Let’s see it carefully.
There are still pending updates for your iPhone
Surely it seems strange to you that iOS 12 is still going to receive updates from here to September, just when it presents iOS 13. Well, there is at least one more update that has to see the light: iOS 12.4 . Right now, we are going for the third beta and it is possible that this week a new version of developer tests will be released.
This version of iOS brings support for the Apple Card and other new Wallet features. In addition, it will come with the typical ration error correction and security patches. It is also possible that we have a lower intermediate version, such as iOS 12.3.2, or an additional later, such as iOS 12.4.1, to correct a specific error or be an important security patch.
What will happen to my iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus when iOS 13 arrives?
With the arrival of iOS 13, your iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus will no longer be able to install the latest compatible iOS version. You will not be able to enjoy features such as the dark mode, the redesign of Reminder apps, Home or Maps and the improvements in Photos, Camera or the new functions of the AirPods. In addition to the improvements in performance.
However, not receiving this update of iOS 13 does not mean that your iPhone will stop working. On the contrary, it will remain operational as long as the device works. Of course, with the passage of time it is possible that the support of third-party apps and even services are no longer operational in your model.
But for this to happen, a lot of time has to pass. The most common example for users is WhatsApp. Well, to give you an idea of the type of support that awaits you, on February 1, 2020, WhatsApp will remove the iPhone support with iOS 7 or earlier. That is, when iOS 13 takes half a year on the streets, the iPhone with an iOS version of eight years ago will no longer be able to use the app. You have plenty of time still.
What can I do if I want to have iOS 13
If the news that brings iOS 13 call you much attention or you just have to renew your iPhone and iOS 13 compatibility is one more reason to do it, you do not have many options. You’ll have to buy another iPhone compatible with this version of iOS.
That translates to get an iPhone from the models iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus or iPhone SE. Luckily, there are several ways to avoid having to pay your full cost, which we remind you of below:
- Stay with an iPhone 6s or higher of a relative who has decided to renew yours.
- Deliver your old iPhone to Apple when it comes to buying a new one in your store. You will always receive a discount, no matter how small.
- Sell your old model, although there are likely to be few people interested.
- Consult with your operator to see if you have the possibility of getting one financed or at a lower price.
The problem of getting an iPhone 6s, 6s Plus or SE is that they are the latest models compatible with iOS 13. Now we know that the support of iOS 12, which gave 6 years of updates to the iPhone 5s, was an exception and that Apple is going to aim at 5 years as the average duration of the iOS versions. Therefore, it is likely that these iPhone models are out next year, so you would be in the same situation within a year.
Therefore, our recommendation is that you buy, at least, an iPhone 7. And if it could be the case to choose a more modern iPhone, would go for the iPhone XR. Another option is to wait until September and Apple to take out the new generation, reducing the prices of the current one.