Apple’s iOS 13 likely to drop support for a lot of older iPhones and iPads

“It looks like iOS 13 will be the end of the line for the iPhone 5S, along with a handful of other devices,” Adrian Kingsley-Hughes reports for ZDNet. “According to a report by, the following iPhones will not be supported by iOS 13: iPhone 5S, iPhone SE, iPhone 6/6 Plus.”

Kingsley-Hughes reports, “The following iPads are headed for retirement: iPad Mini 2, iPad Air.”

“If you are running an older iPhone or iPad,” Kingsley-Hughes reports, “it’s probably a good time to start thinking about what you are going to do between now and iOS 13 landing later this year.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Finally, the venerable iPad Air is poised to lose current iOS support. What a run! iPad Air was released on November 1, 2013!

Time marches on. Apple doesn’t cling to the past, Apple pushes forward inexorably!

So, soon it’ll be time for a big round of upgrades!

Death is very likely the single best invention of life. It’s life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. — Steve Jobs

Apple’s iOS 13 rumored to drop support for iPhone 6, iPhone SE and iPhone 5s – May 10, 2019


  1. Question ; How can you still be selling a phone on clearance or refurb “Iphone 6 & iphone SE ” and hypothetically still making a product in lands far away ( India ) Iphone 6 and not support them in less then several months……..Does not add up…….????

    1. It doesn’t say Apple will not support older iPhones, in the sense of repair, give info, etc.
      It is that old phones will not RUN that new system… which is true for any phone or desktop computer at some point… many far sooner than this.

      1. Since when is a phone that has been on sale till recently and in my case less than a year old, be deemed an ‘old’ phone? MDN rightly used to mock Android phones a year or so old for not being upgradable to the most recent OS, so are they now going to appologise for their hypocrisy in this matter after their take above? Ironically I have ‘consistently’ considered that one can’t expect the ability to update the OS for years as has been traditional with Apple and lauded by MDN and others ironically, but really to take that quality away from phones a year or two old is pretty cynical in my opinion at best and at the very least takes the company well away from the moral High Ground so often praised for occupying. Are we to expect a similar sell out in the Mac Arena? One of the reasons we pay more for Apple products is that we get a better product in these areas expecially in terms of longevity and better support, could be self defeating for Apple to overturn that advantage more generally in their products. Even a loyal user like myself might question that loyalty if this policy becomes more widespread. I fear Cook simply doesn’t get it.

    2. It’s simple. Beancounter Cook knows he has to move units in order to keep AAPL price up and collect another few hundred thousand shares of stock awards. So whatever it takes to force the loyal iPhone user to buy a new expensive one, that is what he will do. Crass, but effective.

      In case you haven’t noticed, Apple has no issue dropping support for whatever they want whenever they want.

      Personally I think not having to see nagging messages about iOS updates would be a highly desirable feature and if it takes buying an old model drom the clearance rack to do it, fine. There is absolutely nothing the newest FaceID Ugly Notch phones do better for the average consumer anyway. It’s okay to be an iOS geneation behind in emoji development everyone!

  2. With all the SE flying off the shelf lately, Apple would make a terrible ROI for new customer.

    It would be another dent in the greedy side of Apple…

    That is my 2 cents…

  3. Hey apple

    Carrot = better prices = sell a boat load more iPhones

    Stick = greedy pricing = people hold onto older iPhones = apple stops support for latest iOS = lots of people get pissed off and vote with their wallets.

  4. Two things:

    What is the track record of when it comes to rumors of Apple’s future plans? Have they ever been the source of a correct prediction of future plans like this? If not, why should this rumor be believed when it seems so nonsensical?
    Why does the MDN Poll “Do you plan on upgrading your iPhone this year?” have no option for “Not this year”? I just purchased an iPhone XS and love it, and I tend to upgrade every 2-3 years, like a LOT of people. Did MDN’s pollster just forget to include that option?

  5. Seems odd the iPad mini 2 would be scratched but the iPad mini 3 which is EXACTLY the same but with Touch ID would be safe. There’s no reason from a processing power point of view these devices shouldn’t be supported.

    1. And they are only giving us two weeks to find a new iPhone. I wonder how long the lines will be and if they have any iphones left. I’m disavled and need a cell phone to keep in touch with my handivan service on the road and for emergencies. Apple management is all heart! Actually they are all money hungry!

  6. Presumably they will still continue to work with iOS 12, so if user is not worried about the latest software they can continue to use as they are now. My wife who just uses her iPad for browsing, YouTube and messaging will not care. I think that will be the majority of users. Only those of us using an iPad for real work, will be worried to have the latest software – and most of those people will already have the iPad Pro.

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