With each passing year waiting for Apple's next major release of iOS, the sad reality is that the oldest iPhones are no longer supported. However, this is not the case with iOS 12, as the software is compatible with all iPhones currently running iOS 11, up to the iPhone 5S.
This was announced in April as Reddit user JBeylovesyou has published a run-api-testing script for WebKit online, specifically called the iPhone 5S as iOS 12. Craig Federighi, senior vice president of software engineering, confirmed this on June 4 at Apple's WWDC 2018.
This release marks the sixth major release of iOS supported on the 5S breaking record for Apple's upgrade cycle. Previously, there were five versions for iPhones; The iPhone 4S and the iPhone 5 lasted a total of five common OS versions, from iOS 5 to iOS 9 and iOS 6 to iOS 1
The iPhone 5S is currently connected to the iPhone 4S and iPhone 5 and launches iOS 7, and since it goes all the way to iOS 12, that's six major versions of the operating system.
iOS 5 support for 5S users will further strengthen Apple's excellent reputation for software support. Customers who bought the smartphone in 2013 could see their purchase supported by Apple until the fall of 2019. Even Apple's harshest critics praise the company for its dedication to longevity, something that Android could not afford.
Six years of updates, however, are something completely different.
For those who are aware of their safety, the aborted software support is the kiss of death for any smartphone. Unfortunately, once a company publishes updates to a device, security breaches that it detects will remain forever. Those who continue to use an iPhone like this one, such as a 5 or older, are prone to these issues if they happen.
For this reason, an additional year of support is groundbreaking for 5S users. It marks another year of worries about security bugs – if it were discovered between the release of iOS 12 and iOS 13, Apple would have your back.
While Apple certainly can not be perfect, they pay attention to their aging products, as WWDC has just proved.
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