Your old iPhone could be a prime target for hackers in the near future.
Apple is about to change the status of millions of iPhone models, potentially alienating some techies.
Every year, Apple releases a new version of iOS, which is the operating system for your iPhone.
These iOS updates include not only new features, but also critical security updates that close security holes that hackers have exploited.
We expect iOS 16 to launch in September alongside the iPhone 14 at Apple’s WWDC 2022 event.
However, some iPhone models that ran iOS 15 will be unable to upgrade to iOS 16.
As a result, later this year, they will begin to miss out on security updates.
Because Apple can’t support all iPhones indefinitely, older iPhone models frequently lose their ability to receive updates.
Sometimes these older iPhones lack the processing power to support new features, or they aren’t used by enough people to warrant an update.
Apple has decided to discontinue the iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, and iPhone SE 1st generation.
These phones worked with iOS 15.5, but they won’t be able to upgrade to iOS 16.
Here’s the full list of iOS 16 supported devices:
If you have an older iPhone, all you have to do to get iOS 16 is upgrade to a newer device.
You will lose access to the most up-to-date security fixes if you are unable to obtain the latest iOS.
These are critical patches that prevent hackers from gaining access to your systems.
As a result, using an out-of-date iPhone could put you at risk.
If you are unable to upgrade to iOS 16, you should consider upgrading your iPhone as soon as possible.
In any case, iOS 16 includes a slew of new features that may entice you to upgrade.
There’s a new Lock Screen with widgets, stylized Portrait wallpapers, and bottom-rolling notifications.
Messages will also get a major update that will allow you to edit or recall recently sent messages, as well as recover messages that have been accidentally deleted.
You can also mark conversations as unread.
Right now, iOS 16 is in beta for developers, with a public beta coming later this month.
Later this year, most likely in September, the software will be released.
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