Tech mogul Apple introduced its iOS 12 at the WWDC 2018 in June last year followed by a series of updates released eerily to compensate for the plethora of issues that iOS 12 brought with it. And it was only with iOS 12.2 that Apple users begin to see the new OS in a new light with majority of issues being fixed over a series of beta and stable updates. That being said, Apple is gearing up for the next-gen iOS 13 slated to be announced at the WWDC 2019 in June but we recently heard some unpleasant news about the rollout.
To put things into context, there are more than 900 million iOS devices around the globe. The new update will soon correspond on all supported devices and thanks to the supportive architecture of Apple devices, its new updates reach a wide generation of devices such as the iOS 12 despite being an errorful update, was rolled out for all iOS devices starting as early as Apple iPhone 5S that was released back in 2013 which is almost six years from today. However, a recent report has hinted that the upcoming iOS 13 will not support iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, and even iPad Mini 2 and iPad Air.
Apple iPhone 6 in spite of its massive antennagate situation, is the largest selling iPhone generation accounting for an all-time figure of 220 million units. If Apple goes through by excluding these devices spanning over three generations of devices, it could mean a majority of iPhone users will be left out in the cold when iOS 13 arrives a few weeks later.
Google’s Android OS is notoriously known for its massive OS fragmentation situation where the adoption rate of new Android versions is significantly scattered. After almost nine months after Android Pie 9.0 made it to the market, it has reached an adoption share of 10.4% as of May 2019 while there are smartphones stuck with OS as early as ICS, Gingerbread, etc. On the other hand, Apple has a smooth and fluid software updating system where the six-gen of iPhones (i.e. iPhone 6 series) has already been through five generations of software updates as it was originally released with iOS 8.
Apparently, Apple could be discontinuing support to these iconic iPhones due to the slashing sales as recorded every quarter. Apple recently scaled down to the third position after Huawei rose to its second position in terms of items shipped. When asked, experts have stated that people are holding onto their iPhones for longer due to the increasing price tags on new iPhones as well as the stagnancy in terms of design and improvements in features and other reasons.
Apple could be doing so to spice up the sales of its upcoming iPhone XI series which includes a successor to iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR released last year. So, if you are still using iPhone 6 or even iPhone SE, don’t get disappointed if iOS 13 doesn’t support your phone because you can always upgrade to a newer iPhone or choose from a wide range of Android smartphones for the matter.