IF you’re using an old iPhone you could be putting yourself in some serious danger from hackers.
Apple is pretty good at keeping devices up to date but nothing lasts forever.
The first iPhone SE (pictured) is still supported, for nowCredit: Alamy
With several mainline editions, Pro and Max versions, as well as a flurry of budget handsets, the iPhone has been going strong since 2007.
Apple rolls out frequent iOS updates that keep the iPhone safe, but unfortunately older devices are dropped off after a while.
Put simply, aged phones are no longer equipped to handle the new software features.
Not only that, the performance wears down drastically, making them pretty sluggish.
Once any smartphone – or other device for that matter – stops receiving security updates, you are open to all sorts of cyber threats.
That’s because bugs are no longer patched, leaving them open for hackers to exploit.
Does my iPhone still receive iOS updates?
Any phone that came out before the iPhone 6S is not able to download the latest version of iOS – that’s iOS 15.
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This means the following models are at risk from hackers and should be replaced:
- iPhone (2007)
- iPhone 3G (2008)
- iPhone 3GS (2009)
- iPhone 4 (2010)
- iPhone 4S (2011)
- iPhone 5 (2012)
- iPhone 5C (2013)
- iPhone 5S (2013)
- iPhone 6 (2014)
- iPhone 6 Plus (2014)
Apple usually stops support for the oldest remaining iPhone on the list once a new version of iOS comes out.
So, when the iPhone 14 is launched and iOS 16 comes with it, we expect the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will lose support.
But seven years after it was released in 2015 is pretty good going.
The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are probably next on the chopping blockCredit: Alamy
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