- The iOS 15 eligible devices include six-year-old iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
- iPhone 6S, 6S Plus may not support some iOS 15 features
- iPhone 6S and 6S Plus were discontinued in 2018
iOS 15 was announced along with iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and macOS Monterey at the ongoing Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). Apple also revealed the list of eligible iPhones that will be receiving the new iOS update. It confirmed that starting from the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus that debuted six years ago, all the iPhones will be treated with the iOS 15 update.
Some of the brands like Samsung and Nokia offer 3 years of Android OS update for their handsets. Some Samsung phones were recently confirmed to receive four years of security updates. However, it is surprising to see Apple confirming OS and security updates for the much older iPhone 6S.
iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, and iPhone SE iOS 15 update may bring limited features
iOS 15 features like Visual Lookup, AR directions and 3D layered paths in Maps, FaceTime portrait mode, and Live Text in photos require the more powerful Apple A12 chip or higher. Since the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone SE are driven by the aging A9 Bionic processor, these devices may not support the above-mentioned features.
In addition, it will not be easy to use iOS 15 widgets on the smaller screens of the iPhone 6S and iPhone SE However, the owners of iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, and SE are unlikely to face any issues in using other features of the iOS 15 such as Focus profiles, FaceTime’s new video and music sharing feature, 7-day app privacy report, Siri improvements, notifications summary, and so on.
The new iOS 15 update also brings the latest security updates and bug fixes. While last year’s iOS 14 ran smoothly on older iPhones like the 6S, it is yet to be confirmed whether users will encounter slowness in performance after installing iOS 15.
iOS 15: eligible devices
Apple has confirmed that the iOS 15 update will be released to iPhones such as iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12, iPhone SE (2020), iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone 6S.