Today Apple announced the new iOS 13 operating system update for iPhones. Among the feature updates of the new OS which we’ll cover in a separate article, Apple is dropping support for several older generation devices.

For iOS 13, it looks like Apple is dropping support for devices older than the iPhone 6S. In general it looks like any past generation device with 1GB of RAM will no longer be supported and will not receive the iOS 13 update.

Apple has also announced that it’s forking the OS for tablet devices into a different OS: iPadOS. Here also Apple is dropping support for legacy devices, and similarly it is dropping support for devices with 1GB or less of RAM, only supporting models starting with the 5th generation iPad, the iPad Mini 4 and the iPad Air 2, obviously also including all newer iPad Pros.

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  • Fergy - Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - link

    @Lakados They go out of their way to make repair as difficult as possible. Most of the time Apples repairs replace most of the machine instead of the broken part.
    That makes Apple anti-repair
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  • plewis00 - Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - link

    There’s nothing semi-reasonable about the cost of AppleCare and it’s only applicable for one additional year anyway. You’re best off just getting a third-party warranty or insurance. Also on another note, they are ‘anti-repair’ or at least make it as hard as possible, what kind of company charges £3000 for a fully integrated laptop with single logic board, keyboard that will break and no modular parts? More importantly what kind of people are naive enough to buy it... Reply
  • Samus - Monday, June 3, 2019 - link

    The irony isn't all that shocking. We ARE talking about Apple here. They won't even sell OEM parts to consumers, then essentially void your warranty if you use 3rd party components like a screen or battery when you had no choice but to do so.

    As you said though, supporting a device for 5 years is class-leading...most smartphones are lucky to be supported through a 2 year contract, let alone beyond.
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  • plewis00 - Monday, June 3, 2019 - link

    They won’t void your warranty for third-party parts any more, there was an official announcement about it a while back - so if you have a third-party replaced display you can still have the battery replaced under their repair program. Reply
  • Lord of the Bored - Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - link

    That's good, given that such a policy is actually illegal in the US, and has been since 1975.
    (Spoilers: It doesn't stop anyone from instituting said policies, because enforcement is exceptionally lax.)
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  • isthisavailable - Monday, June 3, 2019 - link

    Apple still has ads about the "incredible" iPhone 6 in India and sell it for close to $400(!) even now. Hopefully this means that they finally stop selling it and milking their customers. Reply
  • zepi - Tuesday, June 4, 2019 - link

    Serves right those Indians who keep voting for their protectionistic government.

    This is the kind of example that economics 101 book would mention about import restrictions and their harmfulness to the people.
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  • JarvisIN - Thursday, June 6, 2019 - link

    I think you need to go back to school and study economics again to understand difference between developed and developing nations and need to protect domestic manufacturers. OTOH, orange president is not doing anything different when it comes to trade war with China. Reply
  • UtilityMax - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - link

    I recall that they still sold iPhone 4s in India when the iPhone 6 was out. Reply
  • UtilityMax - Wednesday, June 5, 2019 - link

    Looks like they dropped all devices with less than 2GB of RAM. Fortunately, all of my iPads are still supported. Reply

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