Apple has published a list of smartphones and tablets that will not be compatible with iOS 16. As expected, the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, such as the iPod Touch, were not included. But the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are also missing, while equally powerful tablets will get the update. For two days, Apple customers have been criticizing the brand on social networks.
Although it is much later than it is in the Android ecosystem, Obsolescence is also present at Apple. Old iPhones are regularly left by the way of updating. why ? The official reason generally mentioned is: their technical performance is too poor to ensure an overall quality experience.
Take the iPhone 6s (and its Plus version), for example, the latest model that features a 3.5mm jack port and a mechanical Touch ID button. It was commercially launched in 2015. It hasn’t been in production since 2018. But it still benefits from updates: it can go down iOS 15.5, the latest version of the operating system Iphone. And we’re in 2022. Any 2015 smartphone can be proud to receive it Software updates seven years after their launch ?
Apple drops updates on six devices including the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
So it was expected that Apple would abandon the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus when the company announced the arrivaliOS 16. And I did: we posted List of Apple peripherals that can install this version When it comes out next September (or in beta next month). And the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus There is not. But these are not the only absentees. We also find there iPhone SE The first generation (it’s no surprise really), the last generation ofipod touch And the… iPhone 7 and 7 Plus.
Introduced in 2016 and equipped with the A10 Fusion chip, these two phones will not run iOS 16. They will still be under iOS 15 and will not be able to take advantage of the many benefits of the next iteration of the operating system, especially this one. The lock screen is highly customizable (and slightly inspired by Android 12). They also won’t have access iMessage editing tools, which is currently sorely lacking. Of course, this is not appropriate.
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus users’ anger annoys them on the Internet
In fact, many iPhone 7 and 7 Plus users have spoken out on social networks, especially on Twitter, to criticize the American brand. They don’t understand why Apple made this decision. Especially since some Apple products, with very similar or even identical components, will be able to take advantage of it. This is the case for the fifth, sixth and seventh generations of the iPad. They will all migrate to iPadOS 16, a derivative of iOS. Therefore, this partially invalidates the theory that the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus are no longer powerful enough.
Some users, cynical, claim that this is primarily a financial decision. This is certainly not a mistake. First, adapting iOS 16 to the A10 Fusion costs time and money. Then, Apple will definitely prefer those two iPhone users to refurbish their phones (preferably at Apple). Remember that Apple’s expectations for iPhone sales in 2022 will be 20 million less than in 2021. This is a shocking argument for shareholders.