Don't Expect an iPhone 5s iOS 13 Update
Devices like the iPhone XS, iPhone X, and iPhone 7 will make the move from iOS 12 to iOS 13. There's no doubt about that. But what about older devices like the iPhone 5s?
Last year, Apple surprised a lot of people (including us) when it rolled out iOS 12 for the iPhone 5s and iPad mini 2.
Apple typically rolls out four major updates to mobile devices before cutting off support. iOS 12 was the fifth major release for the iPhone 5s.
Of course, one of iOS 12's main components are performance upgrades, performance upgrades that older devices like the iPhone 5s needed after the disastrous iOS 11 release. From Apple's iOS 12.0 change log:
iOS 12 was a sort of mea culpa for iOS 11 and it did its job. Performance on older devices like the iPhone 5s vastly improved after the release of iOS 12.
With that settled, we'd be surprised if Apple extended iOS 13 support to the iPhone 5s. It's certainly possible, but at this point we'd expect some devices to stay behind on iOS 12.
A questionable rumor from Israeli site The Verifier claims Apple will drop support for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus with the iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus supposedly on the cutting block as well.
The site also believes Apple will drop the iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4, and the iPod touch sixth-gen.
Another questionable report from French blog iPhoneSoft.fr claims Apple will drop support for the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, original iPad Air, and iPad mini 2.
We'd take these rumors with a grain of salt, but don't be surprised if a few of these names stick around on iOS 12.