iOS 15 will reportedly ditch the original iPhone SE and iPhone 6S

Reseting iPhone
Reseting iPhone (Image credit: iMore/Rene Ritchie)

What you need to know

  • Apple's iOS 15 release will reportedly see the end of support for the original iPhone SE and iPhone 6S.
  • iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, and iPad 5 will reportedly miss out on iOS 15 as well.

If Apple follows its usual release cadence we can expect iOS 15 to be announced in June ahead of a shipment date sometime in September. Now, according to a new report, it looks like we might know which devices will and will not support that update.

According to a report by iPhoneSoft, Apple's iOS 15 will drop support for the original iPhone SE as well as iPhone 6S. The same goes for iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, and iPad 5, too.

Google translate suggests that the news is coming from somewhere inside Apple, so make of that what you will.

Here is a first list of apple devices that will host iOS 15 beta next June, once again gleaned from our developer friend at Apple and who notably officiates on the Plans app.

If this all turns out to be accurate all iPhones from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus pairing and onwards will support the new iOS 15 release. The 7th-generation iPod touch will be good to go, too.

On the iPad front, iPad mini 5, iPad 6, and iPad Air 3 or newer will be fine as will all iPad Pro models.

We might need to wait a few more months before we get this confirmed, although there's a chance more leaks will appear between now and WWDC in June. Especially if Apple is trying to soften the blow ahead of time by 'leaking' its own information.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.