iPhone 7 was the first truly black iPhone to be released to the public back in 2016. Fitted with the A10 Fusion chip, it offered great performance and battery life when compared to its predecessors. Now that it’s been 5 years since the phone was released, questions around future support have started to arise. So how long will iOS be supported by Apple? Let’s find out!
Will iPhone 7 get iOS 15?
Yes, iPhone 7 is getting iOS 15. The latest version of iOS 15 went live on the 20th of September 2021 and is not available for all iPhone 7 users. To update, go to Settings > General > Software Update > Under ‘Also Available’ > Upgrade to iOS 15 > Download and install.
How long will the iPhone 7 be supported?
The most supported iPhone to date has been the iPhone 5s which received 6 feature updates during its lifetime; from iOS 7 to iOS 12. There were some major UI and feature updates among these releases which go to show the performance that Apple can pull from older devices. Though many would argue that iOS 12 slowed down the device quite a bit, an update was issued nonetheless.
It wasn’t until the phone’s performance was impacted that Apple stopped pushing out updates. Considering that the iPhone 6s currently sits in the iOS 15 lineup, it is unlikely that Apple will stop feature updates for the iPhone 7 which has significantly more resources to offer.
So it seems that iPhone 7, which recently got iOS 15, should ideally be getting iOS 16 as well. This time could very well be cut short if Apple decides to revamp iOS and introduce new features that require additional resources. In that case, the current iOS 15 could be the last update for iPhone 7. However, for now, it seems that we will be getting updates up till 2022 if no major changes are made.
Does 2022 mean the end for iPhone 7?
Most likely yes, by the time 2022 arrives, we will have iPhone 14 on our hands and another new feature update: presumably iOS 16. Apple ideally supports devices for 5 years and some get an additional year of support if they have enough processing power. The 5 years support has ended this year for iPhone 7 with the release of iOS 15. However, considering the iPhone 7’s processing power and the fact that the iPhone 6s has gotten 6 feature updates and is running the latest iOS 15, we suspect an additional year of updates for the iPhone 7 as well.
This grace of one year could very well be cut short if Apple decides to revamp the OS and introduce resource-heavy features which would slow down the iPhone 7. In that case, 2021 could mean the end of the iPhone 7.
Is my phone useless if it stops receiving updates?
It depends on what useless means to you, if a phone with reduced security and outdated security patches is useless to you, then yes the iPhone 7 will become useless after it stops receiving updates.
However, this will not affect its functioning. You will still be able to make calls, play games, run apps and access the web using the device as long as no hardware failure occurs. It is just that your device will now be vulnerable to attacks and breaches as it will get no security updates.
We hope this guide helped shed some light on the lifespan of the iPhone 7. As such, these are just educated guesses based on Apple’s past support and patterns when it comes to software updates. If you have any more questions, feel free to drop them in the comments below.