iOS 16 will reportedly drop support for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, first-generation iPhone SE, and several iPad models

With 2021 about ready to wrap up, the rumor mill will likely start ramping things up regarding future products and software releases. So of course we will start to hear more about iOS 16 and what that future update will bring to the table. Or, in this case, the devices it might not support.

According to a new rumor fromĀ iPhoneSoft, Apple’s upcoming update for its most popular mobile operating system will drop support for several different models. Specifically, on the iPhone front, the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and the first-generation iPhone SE won’t be able to run iOS 16, according to the report.

Meanwhile, the iPad mini 4, the fifth-generation iPad, the iPad Pro models released in 2015, and the iPad Air 2 will not work with iOS 16, either.

The report notes that if these rumors pan out, then it would appear that the minimum processor requirement for iOS 16 will be the A10. None of this feels like it would be impossible. All of these phones (and tablets) are certainly getting up there in age. So is the processor under the hood, of course.

But nothing is set in stone. Even if these are Apple’s plans right now, that could change by the time iOS 16 sees the light of day. We’ll likely see the first beta of the new software when next year’s Worldwide Developers Conference arrives, which will be in early June (probably). That’s several months for Apple to keep working on the software, which could mean the older handsets and older processors can indeed support the platform just fine.

But, we will see.

If you are still using one of the iPhones or iPads mentioned above, rumored to lose support for the next major update to iOS, will you mark 2022 as the year you upgrade your phone?