iOS 15 dropped yesterday and while it may have not got the hearts racing like iOS 14 last year, it has kickstarted a massive celebration for older iPhone users. Apple outdoes itself this year by extending the latest software support to the six years old iPhone 6S generation. The iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and the OG iPhone SE will taste iOS 15 this year. Also Read - Meet Indian developer who wins Apple Design award for his music app NaadSadhana
With this move, Apple broke its own record of being the only smartphone company to support its older devices for six years. Previously, Apple led the way with a five-year support cycle for its iPhones. Obviously, this has led iPhone 6S users go into celebration mode as they won’t need to make the upgrade just yet. Also Read - iPad Mini for 2021 to ditch fat bezels, could bring along new Apple Pencil Mini
We took a look at some of the posts and discussions on Twitter surrounding the iPhone 6S. Also Read - iOS 4 is now available again on modern iPhones, complete with Home button: How to get it
iPhone 6S is worthy, says Twitterati
Most members on Twitter are referring the arrival of iOS 15 on iPhone 6S to Thor’s “I am still worthy” moment in Avengers Endgame. We stumbled upon almost a hundred posts that used the tag “I am worthy”, referring to the old iPhone 6S units that were due for replacement this year.
Many others are thanking Apple for supporting their six-year-old prized possession with one more year of software update. “Long live the iPhone 6S”, says @isactuallysimon, while @JuangggNasution says, “iOS 15 still supports iPhone 6S, Apple software support is insane.”
There’s another good implication
Last year, Apple went big with its environmental concern during the September launch event starring the Apple Watch Series 6 and the new iPads. In a bid to cut down on carbon emissions, Apple announced that it would not ship chargers as well as in-box accessories anymore with new products. Many were critical of the approach, asking Apple to try something to cut down on electronic waste arising from millions of discarded iPhone models.
With the iPhone 6S now being eligible for iOS 15, it gives many users (who are still using the phone as their daily driver) to hold on to their phone for an extra year before they discard it for a new one. Supporting an old phone from six years ago with newer software is a clever and noble way to uplift a company’s green intentions.
Do note that the iPhone 6S is among the more popular iPhone models of the past and can still be found in the wild in plenty. It was also the last iPhone to feature a 3.5mm headphone jack. Hence, expect the resale values of the iPhone 6S to go up in the second-hand market.