iPhone 7 Support End Date: How Many Updates Will iPhone 7 And 7 Plus Get?

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. 

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5 Comments

  1. I brought iphone 7 plus in 2021 what is your opinion

    1. Hopefully you didn’t buy it for much.

      I’ve had the same iPhone 7 sense 2018 and it’s been working like a champ. No scratches or anything. But it’s been starting to show it’s age for the past year though. Not enough to warrant buying a new phone though!

  2. Add a few more years of security updates as well. The iPhone 5s has been getting security updates, last one was June 2021. I expect a couple years at least for extended security support as the new normal here going forward

    1. I thought security updates and support is the same no? Hope Iphone7 support will atleast to 2023. I wanna upgrade to Iphone 14 from Iphone7. Have my iphone from 2017 its holding great.
      I think Iphone7 will even get IOS16 next year if Iphone6 now did get IOS15. It should be supported to 2024 right? if Iphone 7 was discontinued back in 2019. That means security updates? or also getting all IOS builds.

      Dont know difference i just update whenever i can. Thought IOS 14 and now 15 is like security update.

  3. I bought my iPhone 7 the first day it was available for purchase in 2016 and have enjoyed it ever since. Even counting the new iPhone 13 devices just released, I have not seen any features that have tempted me to buy any of the new ones along the way and the performance is still fine, counter to some of my previous iPhones nearing the end of their lives. The one minor exception is the battery life, which has, predictably deteriorated. These days, if I take it off the charger, it gets 80%+ discharged after 8 hours or so with o, or minimal usage. The only question for me now is whether I want to take it to the Apple store to get the battery replaced for $100 or so, or spend several hundred more to get the new phone and use the old one as a spare iPod.

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