Now that iOS 13 is out, and iPhone 5S and iPhone 6 won't be getting it - does this mean that the phones are no longer supported?

Should these devices be considered past their end-of-life? I know that Apple released a iOS 12 security update alongside iOS13, but will that continue to happen?

Is there a way to find out the security status of each iOS/iPhone release?


There's a difference between hardware support (new battery, replacement screen, etc) and software support.

Typically, Apple provides hardware support for 5 years after manufacture on their products.

The iPhone 5S is not currently listed as 'vintage'. However, it's possible the list may be updated shortly, as the phone was discontinued 5 years ago. The iPhone 6 was discontinued 2 years ago, so will still receive hardware support until 2022.

As for software support: obviously, the devices will not be offered new OS updates, but in the event of a major security flaw, they may receive a patch to fix the problem.

The phones will of course continue to work as they are. Apps will not be updated if they require newer OS versions than are present.

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    That last paragraph isn’t entirely true; iOS won’t show the ability to manually update or attempt to automatically update apps to versions requiring newer iOS than is currently installed. – grg Sep 21 '19 at 8:26
  • @grg Thanks: I suspected as much. Will change. – benwiggy Sep 21 '19 at 8:42

iOS 10 was officially released on September 13, 2016.

iOS 10.3.3 was released on July 19, 2017.

iOS 10.3.4 was released on July 22, 2019

iOS 11 was officially released on September 19, 2017.

iOS 11.4.1 was released on July 9, 2018.

[iOS] 12.0 was [released] on September 17, 2018.

iOS 12.4.1 was released on August 26, 2019

So we can't tell what Apple does or what it will do, but iOS 10.3.4 was released after iOS 11 launch. While iOS 11 updates ended with iOS 12 launch. And iOS 12's fate is yet to come.

You can similarly see what happened with previous iOS's and just assume that policies remain the same, or hope that they change for the good.

Sources: ●https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IOS_10#10.3.4



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    Unfortunately iOS 10.3.4 was a unique situation because there was a fairly significant GPS bug. However, I don't think things like security fixes were back-ported to earlier releases. Generally speaking I think it's safe to assume that once a new iOS version is released, the old one will not get any updates. Whether or not that's a problem depends entirely on if there are any known security holes "in the wild". – TJ Luoma Sep 20 '19 at 23:21
  • @TJLuoma yeah I read about it, in the same little paragraph, just didn't go for specifics and left the answer towards ambiguity. We are not Apple. But yeah, it is safe to assume the said. However I am very receptive to edits. :) – anki Sep 20 '19 at 23:51

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