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iOS 13 Release Date, Features: Why Apple Would Stop Supporting 4 iPhones and 2 iPads in September

Photo by Kārlis Dambrāns (licensed under CC BY 2.0) via Flickr.com

Whenever a new software update of iOS is about to be announced, Apple fans often wonder whether their older devices would still be supported. In the case of iOS 13, recent reports have it that the 2019 update is no longer compatible with four iPhones and two iPads.

A source reportedly told French media outlet iPhonesoft that iOS 13 will be incompatible with iPhone 5S, iPhone SE, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, the first generation of iPad Air, and iPad Mini 2. However, the reason behind canceling support for these devices was not elaborated in the article.

This is not the first time that such a rumor was published. In January, Israeli publication The Verifier reported (via MacRumors) the same information except it included iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus in the devices not supported by iOS 13.

The same report claimed that some iOS 13 will be exclusively available on the latest devices to encourage consumers to upgrade to newer iPhones and iPads. However, Apple fans must take these as mere rumors given that both sources did not provide some information on where the information originated.

Apple is known for supporting mobile devices for around five years since its original launch. But it is not new for the tech company to make drastic changes in the software department. For one, Apple ultimately ended its support of 32-bit apps coinciding the release of iOS 11 in 2017.

iOS 13 has been a mainstay in the rumor mill this year. One of the most talked about new feature is the introduction of system-wide dark mode. An earlier report from Bloomberg claimed that this new display option would be available in the Control Center so users can activate it easily.

Apple is also anticipated to improve performance speed in iOS 13 along with new interface design, especially for iPad. The next software update will be most likely unveiled next month during the 2019 Worldwide Developers Conference. But it will not be available until September when the new iPhones arrive in stores.

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