iOS 13 is starting to get some attention as January wraps up, but the latest rumor isn’t a positive one.
According to a report from The Verifier, which is far from substantiated, suggests that when iOS 13 launches it may drop support for a variety of iPhones. If this pans out, then iOS 13 won’t support the iPhone 5s, the iPhone SE (which makes the device going back up for sale very peculiar), iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, the iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus. That’s a lot of iPhones, all of which support iOS 12.
Moving on to the iPad lineup, iOS 13 is rumored to drop support for the iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and maybe even the iPad mini 4. That’s not all, though! If this turns out to be true, Apple will end support for the sixth-generation iPod touch, too. Of course, “drop support” in this case means not getting any future software updates beyond whatever the final version of iOS 12 Apple releases.
As mentioned above, the information shared in the original report isn’t verified, and it’s possible –maybe even likely– that none of this is true. However, the iPhone 5s is definitely starting to age. However, Apple loves to tout how long it supports its devices.
In related news, iOS 13 is also rumored to adopt a new dark mode, among other additions — including a new home screen for iPads (that support the software). Along with new software and new hardware this year, iOS 13 may earn itself plenty of attention for the devices it doesn’t support when it gets unveiled at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.[via The Verifier]