Unfortunately, You Can’t Get iOS 14 If You Own One of These iPhones

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Apple unveiled iOS 14 and will roll out the update to consumers sometime this fall. Though Apple does more to support its older hardware than competing companies, it simply cannot support all of its iPhone models.

The cold, hard truth is that not every iPhone is going to get iOS 14 later this year. Below is a list of phones eligible for the update and phones that will be left out in the cold.

Who Isn’t getting iOS 14?

Apple iPhones are known for their longevity. Just a few years ago, a market report estimated that 60% of all iPhones ever sold were still being used. As phones get older and iOS gets more powerful, there’s going to be a cutoff where an iPhone no longer has the processing power to handle the latest version of iOS.

The cutoff for iOS 14 is the iPhone 6, which hit the market in September 2014. Only iPhone 6s models, and newer, will be eligible for iOS 14.

There were a lot of iPhone 6 units sold, and many are still in circulation. A recent report claims that four percent of smartphones being used today are the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models. The iPhone 6 isn’t the only iPhone to get left behind. There are a handful of other models including the original iPhone, the iPhone 3G, the iPhone 3GS, the iPhone 4, the iPhone 4s, the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5s, and the iPhone 5c.

Who Is Getting iOS 14?

If you’ve bought a new phone in the last four years, we’ve got some good news. Your phone will be getting iOS 14. Any iPhone released since the iPhone 6s is eligible for iOS 14. This includes the following phones:

  1. iPhone 11
  2. iPhone 11 Pro
  3. iPhone 11 Pro Max
  4. iPhone XS
  5. iPhone XS Max
  6. iPhone XR
  7. iPhone X
  8. iPhone 8
  9. iPhone 8 Plus
  10. iPhone 7
  11. iPhone 7 Plus
  12. iPhone 6s
  13. iPhone 6s Plus
  14. iPhone SE (1st generation)
  15. iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  16. iPod touch (7th generation)
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