The iPhone 6S turns six years old in September, an eternity in phone years. If you’ve been able to hold on to one for so long, Apple has some good news for you – your phone will qualify for the iOS 15 upgrade when it hits the public this fall. The iPhone 6S, 6S Plus and the first generation iPhone SE, which all come with iOS 9, will be among the oldest devices receiving the OS update.
Six years is a very long life for a mobile device, and definitely launches the 6S for the longest supported phone to date. The iPhone 5S was five years old when it received its latest OS update with iOS 1
To be sure, there are many new features that do not work with the 6Ss A9 Bionic processor. Features such as Google Lens-esque Visual Lookup, Live Text in Photos, Portrait Mode in FaceTime and immersive walking directions in Maps will not be available to 6S users, as they all need a device with an A12 Bionic chip a la XS. and XR or later.
It is also possible that newer software will slow down an older phone with an aging, less nimble processor. That may not necessarily be the case, though – both Ars Technica and Macworld found no significant impact on the performance running iOS 14 on the 6S.
What may be a major problem, as both testers noted, is that the 6S shows its age with poor battery life. Features like widgets are also tougher to use on the phone’s 4.7-inch screen, which is quaint compared to today’s standard six-inch discs. These are not so much compatibility issues as the inevitable, slow time that no gadget can escape.
iPhone 6S owners should not despair. They will still receive potentially useful updates such as notification summary and focus mode to minimize interference throughout the day, video and music sharing in FaceTime, and added privacy features such as a seven-day privacy report to keep track of how apps use your information. . There is also the security that comes with running the latest OS version, and security updates and bug fixes that come with the whole year. Not a bad deal for a six year old unit.