iOS 13 – last major iOS update for the 6S/SE, or not?

Not too long ago, iOS 13 was announced. It dropped support for the iPhone 6/6+ at the same time as the 5S, despite it being a year older. This came as a surprise although many people had been speculating it for months. This now leaves the 6S, 6S+, and SE as the oldest iPhones to run iOS 13.

Although iOS 13 wasn’t released to the public very long ago, only about two weeks, people are wondering: will the 6S support iOS 14?

The iPhone 6S consists of an Apple A9 processor and 2GB RAM. However, it, along with the SE, are the last two iPhones to feature 16GB storage options, which is tight for any iPhone on iOS 10 or later. The iPhone 7 moved onto 32GB as its lowest option.

iOS updates, along with apps, take up a lot of storage nowadays. This means that 16GB iPhones could potentially become slower after updating to the point where they become like the iPhone 4S on iOS 9, and I know what that’s like, hence why I downgraded it to iOS 8.4.1.

The 6S and SE are still very capable phones and run brilliantly on iOS 13. However, if Apple do want to release iOS 14 for it, they should definitely restrict some features to 32GB variants and larger, as 16GB just isn’t enough anymore and Apple should end the life of 16GB iPhones carefully without slowing them down a lot first.

So, to conclude, I think that Apple should ensure that if the 6S and SE get iOS 14 (which they should), they should keep it fast performance-wise and go easy on 16GB variants.

Do you think the 6S and SE should get iOS 13 or not? Why? Leave your opinion down below in the comments.

-Chas 😎

iOS 13.1 has been released by Apple

As of yesterday iOS 13.1 alongside iPadOS 13 has been released to the public for all iOS devices compatible with iOS 13, which are:

iPhone

  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S+
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7+
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8+
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max

iPad

  • iPad Mini 4
  • iPad Mini 5
  • iPad 9.7 (2017)
  • iPad 9.7 (2018)
  • iPad 10.2 (2019)
  • iPad Air (2nd generation)
  • iPad Air (2019)
  • All iPad Pro models

iPod Touch

  • iPod Touch 7th generation

If you are on the iOS 13/13.1 beta you will have to delete the beta profile before attemping to update, otherwise you will either be offered the latest beta (if on an older beta) or told that you are up to date (if you are on the latest beta).

The following devices remain on iOS 12 and will not receive any future updates, except in very exceptional circumstances (refer to iOS 6.1.6 and iOS 9.3.6).

iPhone

  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6+

iPad

  • iPad Mini 2
  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad Air (1st generation)

iPod

  • iPod Touch 6th generation

If you want to update your device, then the update is available to download and install right now. You also still currently have the opportunity to downgrade to 12.4.1 right now, so if you want to go back, now’s that time. Chances are Apple will stop signing iOS 12.4.1 soon, preventing downgrades without the use of device specific SHSH blobs.

If you’re on a device that doesn’t support iOS 13, don’t worry! Your device will remain operational on iOS 12 not to mention most apps will still support it until iOS 14/15 is released so you still have plenty of time to plan an upgrade whilst still having access to a great majority of apps.

What iOS device are you using and what iOS version does it run? Leave a comment down below.

Enjoy your update!

-Chas

Living with the iPhone 4S as a main phone in 2019 (iOS 6)

My current main phone is a Samsung Galaxy S9. However, another phone I own is an iPhone 4S which I have downgraded to iOS 6.1.3. iOS 6 is the last iOS generation that has the classic user interface which iOS 7 abandoned for a more modern UI.

The current stable version of iOS (at the time of writing) is 12.4.1, and the latest available version of iOS is iOS 13.1 beta 1. iOS 6 is several major versions of iOS out of date. As you can guess, not many current versions of apps work on it. Any app that requires iOS 11 or later or does not support the iPhone 4S on its current version will refuse to offer an older version either for some reason, probably something to do with iOS 11 being 64-bit only and iOS 6 never having run on any 64-bit device.

First selection of apps I downloaded were games from developers such as Ketchapp, such as Twist and Stick Hero. Games like PAC-MAN and Stack did not support iOS 6 with their current version of apps but did have an older version which did. Apps like WordPress and Google, which demanded at least iOS 11 on their current versions, refused to even offer an old version and had to have an older version downloaded using a trick in iTunes and then sideloaded.

I’m actually typing this from my 4S now on iOS 6 using the WordPress app and so far it’s working fine. Viewing Notifications in the WordPress app, however, causes the app to break completely and the only way to get it working again is to reinstall it.

Siri works fine; of course, features like ‘Hey Siri’ are missing and some languages only support one gender’s voice. However, testing out Siri, she appears to be capable of opening apps; stating her loyalty to Apple when I asked her about her preference between iOS and Android; sending text messages, and searching the Internet for definitions.

I chose Opera Mini as my preferred web browser. From my experiences with old iOS devices, Safari always lags and crashes on older iOS devices but Opera runs smoothly and rarely crashes. Some pages don’t display properly but quite a lot do as well. Opera Mini is amazing on old devices; it even runs well on my ZTE Racer, an Android phone from 2010 which wasn’t even a flagship at the time!

How well does it run? The iPhone 4S started off on iOS 5 and iOS 6 is its first major OS upgrade. It’s actually very snappy and opens some apps almost instantly but others like games take a little longer to load. Most apps run well and I can hold several apps in the background without lagging, unlike the exact same phone running iOS 9, which stutters when switching between apps and multitasking while keeping a smooth experience is almost impossible!

If you want the better app support, there’s always iOS 8.4.1, of which can be updated to from the Settings menu of iOS 6. I decided to stay on iOS 6 for the nostalgic user interface and snappy performance, but for some people, iOS 8 may be more suited to their needs. iOS 9, however, is near unusable on the iPhone 4S and that suits nobody unless you love waiting for ages for an app or webpage to load and you love that feeling you get when an app crashes, which you probably don’t.

Anyways, what iOS version does your older iDevice run and how well does it do so? Make sure to comment on this post. I did hope you enjoyed!

-Chas

Opera Coast for iPhone and iPad #SoftwareReview

ARRGH! WORDPRSS FOR IOS CRASHED AND AUTO-PUBLISHED MY POST! IF YOU RECEIVED A MAIL AS ONE OF MY 55+ FOLLOWERS, THIS IS NOT THE FULL REVIEW.

The first #SoftwareReview is about the Opera Coast web browser.
Limitations:

Only available on iPhone and iPad.

No Address Bar!

Pros:

Nice UI, a plan for SeaSurf’s future.

Really fast, even on the poorest wi-fi connections.

Compatible with devices with iOS 7. Most other web browsers require ios 8+

Safari is a good web browser, but it isn’t my style. It is out of date (i am on ios 7, therefore giving me Safari 7). I love Safari, but I have decided to use multiple browsers, so I searched up Opera on iTunes and installed Opera Coast.

I opened it up and saw the Opera Coast splashscreen. Then I saw a page with icons of a few websites and a search button. I tapped on search and typed in “Epic Chas Gamer”.

It searched Google and I clicked on the result that led to my blog. It worked brilliantly. It works on all types of wi-fi networks, and mobile data networks as well.

I wonder what the second #SoftwareReview will be. Remember I spent a lot of time on this #SoftwareReview  so please give a reblog.

Thanks!

Epic Chas Gamer 😎