The next major iOS version will be hitting iPhone models in September 2020, if the last eight years are any indication. But the beta for the next big iOS release will show up shortly after Apple’s June 22 developers conference. Whether you want to jump on the pre-release software or wait until the stable firmware, you’ll need to know which iPhones will work with iOS 14.
There’s good news on that front: all iPhone models that can run iOS 13 will also be able to run iOS 14 when it comes out. That means all of the following iPhone models will be compatible with iOS 14 and all of its new features. And as you can see below, the iPhones coming out in the fall of 2020 will come with iOS 14 preinstalled, which should be no surprise.
While it may seem unprecedented for all iPhone models on the previous iOS version to support the next big one, it’s not the first time it’s happened. Apple’s iOS 13 did kick a few phones to the curb (the iPhone 5S, 6, and 6 Plus), but iOS 12 supported all iPhone models that ran on the previous iOS version.
It also happened when iOS 10 worked with all iOS 9 models. Going even further back, iOS 6 supported the three iPhones running iOS 5, and iPhone OS 2 and 3 both worked with all of the previous year’s models.
However, iOS 14 will be the first time in Apple’s history that at least 18 different iPhone models will work on the same iOS version. Right now, iOS 13 holds the record with 15 compatible iPhone models.
As of right now, the iPhone 5S still holds the record for the longest amount of support by Apple. It was viable for 5 years, 10 months, from its initial release with iOS 7 until its end of lifespan with iOS 12.4.1. However, it saw a few unsuspected security updates even after that, all the way up to iOS 12.4.7, making it 6 years, 8 months total.
The iOS 14 update is suspected to be the last major version for the iPhone 6S, 6S Plus, and original SE, all of which use 2015’s A9 chip. The only way for the 6S and 6S Plus to break the 5S‘s record are if security updates get issued after iOS 15 comes out in the fall of 2021. So the iPhone 5S will retain its title for the iPhone supported the longest by Apple until at least the end of next year.
So, what about the iPod touch and iPad? Well, since the iPod touch (7th generation) worked with iOS 13, it’ll work with iOS 14 too. And for iPadOS 14, all iPad models that supported iPadOS 13 should also work with the newest update.
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