Does Apple list any guidelines for how long a consumer might expect to be supported with the version of iOS that ships with Apple hardware at the time of purchase?

On computer OS there seems to be a n-2 support pattern. You can buy AppleCare for 3 years of software support (in most cases) and the previous 2 versions get routine and prompt security updates along with the latest shipping OS.

On iOS there seems to be an n-1 support pattern. You can buy AppleCare for 2 years of software support and security updates seem to be released for the two most recent versions.

Has anyone seen an Apple document or compelling evidence that there is a policy in place for this when considering iOS deployment planning?

  • Nope, it is not a policy it is a competitive business decision.
    – Ruskes
    Jun 12, 2013 at 15:54
  • @Buscar웃 Is that something you can source or just a feeling / educated guess?
    – bmike
    Jun 12, 2013 at 18:06
  • It comes from personal experience in the similar business of product support.
    – Ruskes
    Jun 12, 2013 at 18:30


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