Latest iOS versions, what is the latest for your iPhone? — 2022

Apple may not be the company with the most smartphones on the market, but the truth is that there are many iPhones that we can find and with them also various software versions. This operating system is called iOS, short for what was originally iPhone OS. If you want to know everything about iOS updates, which iPhone is compatible with each version and what is the relevance of these, keep reading because we will tell you everything.

Important aspects of iOS updates

There are some frequently asked questions about this operating system and its numerous updates. In the following sections we will try to solve them, so if you are new to the Apple ecosystem or have never given it much importance, you can know exactly what is most important.

For how many years does an iPhone update?

The fact that Apple is the one who fully designs both the components of the iPhone and its software offers it a competitive advantage over its Android rivals that places its phones as the longest as far as updates are concerned. On average an iPhone will be updated for at least 4 or 5 years since it was launched on the market. The iPhone 5s set a record at the time by updating from 2013 to 2019, but this was surpassed by the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and SE (1st gen.) by updating at least until the year 2022, which would make it finish with a medium from 7 years.



The fact that phones increasingly have more powerful processors also favors that they can have a longer useful life. In any case, an iPhone is fully functional even when made obsolete by software. That is, you will not have the latest updates, but you will be able to continue using the phone for longer if it is in good physical condition.

Are they outdated when they stop updating?

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Yes, it sounds like a lie, but it's true. There are some phones that have received updates after many years of software obsolescence . It is not that they have received the latest visual or functional news, but that they have been able to receive support to be up to date in terms of security measures and bug fixes. For example, the iPhone 4s was updated in 2019 after 8 years had passed since its release. This update was iOS 9.3.6, a version far removed from the iOS 12 that was available at the time, but which was a relief for the most vintage users.

When iPhones that are compatible with iOS 15 become obsolete, they can continue to receive security updates without requiring a full system update. This is due to a novelty introduced in iOS 14, a version compatible with the same iPhone as 15, and which allows this to happen without the need for Apple to launch a complete update.

How often is there an update?

There is no official calendar set by Apple for its updates, despite the fact that some of them always coincide on certain dates. The company's operation in this regard is as follows: in June, at its WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) it presents new software that enters the beta phase for developers for the next 2 or 3 months. Later, in the months of September or October, is when users receive said update. These are known as big updates for incorporating numerous visual and functional innovations. For example iOS 10, iOS 11, iOS 12, iOS 13…

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Once the big update is released in the fall, the company releases other updates with a similar nomenclature (iOS 13.1, iOS 13.1.1, iOS 13.2, iOS 13.2.1…). Among these we find some differences. The ones with two digits are usually also important updates, although they do not include as many new features as the others. They serve to incorporate novelties announced at the WWDC and that could not be introduced in the final version and sometimes other unannounced novelties are even added. Those with three figures are simple updates that contain important bug fixes and that, as a general rule, are not planned but are released with some urgency to cover those holes.

The importance of updating iOS

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There have been some controversial iOS updates for containing some optimization flaw in terms of device autonomy, so it is understandable that updating the software sometimes generates some rejection. However, this is exceptional and more characteristic of the first versions of each system and we believe that the advantages of upgrading they are very relevant. Beyond the obvious, which is to be aware of the latest news that incorporates Apple, is the fact that these bring with them patches of security that will protect your phone against possible vulnerabilities that allow malware to enter. Also these updates serve to correct mistakes that appears on your device and that prevents you from performing any action normally. It must also be said that Apple requires that, whenever possible, the iPhone be updated to the latest version if the device is brought to technical support.

Yes, there is some versions that work worse than expected . This is especially the case in large versions, since they incorporate a greater number of new features and despite having been in beta for months, they may still contain some error. These usually translate into apps that do not work quite well or increased battery consumption. However, the company tries to correct it as soon as possible and it does not take long to release new updates that eliminate these problems.

Latest iOS updates of each iPhone

As we have previously explained, not all iPhones have the same versions of iOS. Some continue to be updated and despite the fact that in some cases there may be slight differences even when mounting the same version, they are usually the same. Now, there are others that do not update and have remained in disparate versions. All of this is explained in the following sections.

The iPhones that will no longer have updates

    iPhone:iPhone OS 3.1.3 iPhone 3G:iOS 4.2.1 iPhone 3GS:iOS 6.1.6 iPhone 4:iOS 9.3.2 iPhone 4s:iOS 9.3.6 iPhone 5:iOS 10.3.4 iPhone 5c:iOS 10.3.4 iPhone 5s: iOS 12.5.4 iPhone 6:iOS 12.5.4 iPhone 6 Plus:iOS 12.5.4

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It should be noted that some of these iPhones could continue to receive an update with security patches, but in no case will they go to a more recent version. For example, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could receive a hypothetical version of iOS 12.5.2 or iOS 12.6, but they will never receive iOS 13 or later. The day June 14, 2021 iOS 12.5.4 released with significant security improvements for iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus that cannot update to versions of iOS 13 and iOS 14.

At what point do they stop giving support?

There is no written rule by which Apple stops supporting its iPhones, although it is clear that they cannot have updates for life or at least not to the same level as new devices. It is for a matter of obsolete hardware basically, since it is understandable that in the end a device designed in 2011 cannot have an iOS version developed in 2021.

And yes, it is true that not all iPhones always have the same new features, even when they are in the same version of iOS, due to issues that are also related to hardware. However these are exceptions, sharing everything else in all cases. And while it is true that we could think of Apple forcing an old device to update to a recent version of iOS, in the end the performance would not be the most adequate neither in terms of battery consumption nor when executing actions that without doubt a more recent device will be able to perform without so much care.

iPhones that keep getting updates

Usually every month or two these big updates are released. For the moment, the last launched has been iOS 15.4.1 on March 31, 2022 . This update has been compatible with the following iPhones:

    iPhone 6s iPhone 6s Plus iPhone SE (1st generation) iPhone 7 iPhone 7 Plus iPhone 8 iPhone 8 Plus iPhone X iPhone XS iPhone XS Max iPhone XR iPhone 11 iPhone 11 Pro iPhone 11 Pro Max iPhone SE (2nd generation) iPhone 12 iPhone 12 mini iPhone 12 Pro iPhone 12 Pro Max iPhone 13 iPhone 13 mini iPhone 13 Pro iPhone 13 Pro Max iPhone SE (3rd generation)

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When will the current ones stop receiving support?

Interestingly, with iOS 15 there are three consecutive software versions in which Apple does not leave out any terminal, since iOS 12 was the last to leave out teams (iPhone 5s, 6 and 6 Plus) and from iOS 13 onwards They have been updated and the new iPhones that the company has been launching on the market each year have been added. It was rumored that precisely in this version the first generation iPhone 6s, 6s Plus and 'SE' would be left behind.

Given that this did not happen, it seems that making forecasts about all this is almost like making a pool. It is clear that these three terminals will be the ones that are outdated before, but it does not have to be even with iOS 16. Everything will depend on the level of innovations that Apple implements and to what extent the hardware of those devices can withstand it. There may even be a situation where several generations are left out, although this is not the most expected.

Be that as it may, the iPhones mentioned in the previous section will continue to receive updates, at least, until August 2022. Bearing in mind that by that date the iPhone 6s will have fulfilled 7 years of updates , we should expect no less from more recent models. Therefore, if you have an iPhone X you can stay calm for a few more years and if you have one of the most recent, you can be even calmer.

How to update your iOS version

If your iPhone is still supported, you can update it from the device itself at Settings > General > Software Update , although you can also update it with a computer. In fact, this option is highly recommended for being cleaner installations and that will avoid any type of error. Here's how you can update it. In any case, if you want to check what version of the system you have, you can do it in Settings> General> Information.

Mac with macOS Catalina or later

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  1. Connect iPhone to Mac via cable.
  2. Open a window of Finder and click on the name of the iPhone, in the left bar.
  3. Go to the General tab and click on Check for update .
  4. Follow the steps on the screen to download and install the new version of iOS and do not disconnect the iPhone until the entire process is complete.

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  1. Connect iPhone to Mac via cable.
  2. Opens iTunes and go to the device management part by clicking on the icon at the top.
  3. Go to the Summary tab and click on Check for update .
  4. Follow the steps on the screen to download and install the new version of iOS and do not disconnect the iPhone until the entire process is complete.

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  1. Connect the iPhone to the computer via cable.
  2. Opens iTunes and go to the device management part by clicking on the icon at the top.
  3. Go to the Summary tab and click on Check for update .
  4. Follow the steps on the screen to download and install the new version of iOS and do not disconnect the iPhone until the entire process is complete.

So, once you know everything about iOS updates, remember to always keep your iPhone updated to its latest version. In this way you will avoid any type of problem and you will be able to have the latest functionalities even if your phone is not one of the most up-to-date.

Tips when upgrading

Whenever you are about to update your iPhone, either from the device itself or from a Mac or Windows computer, you have to take into account a series of factors that can affect this iOS update to be carried out in the best way possible. Therefore, below we are going to expose a series of tips that you have to keep in mind and that, as far as possible, you should comply to ensure that your iPhone is correctly updated to the new version of iOS that has come out.

    make a backup, in case it is a minor update, but above all, if it is a large update, for example, from iOS 14 to iOS 15, what you have to do before updating is to save a backup, either in iCloud or on the computer itself. This is a security measure so that, in case there is a problem in the process, you don't lose anything you had inside the device. Check your internet connection.Usually, users always look for the update process to be as fast as possible, well, for this to be possible, the most essential requirement is that you have a good, reliable and fast connection, so the download of the software will take much less and it will be ready to be installed inside the device. Choose the right moment.Updates, both for iOS and for any other operating system, take time, therefore, our recommendation is that you choose a time of day when you are not in a hurry and you can carry out the process with complete calm and patience. Beware of iPhone storage.When it comes to updating the iPhone's operating system, it must have enough free storage space to be able to carry out the entire process. In this way, if you have the device loaded with files, photos and documents, you will have to make room and delete some elements to be able to update to the latest version.