This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
The next iOS 15 is expected to be released in the fall of 2021, where the original iPhone SE, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are rumored to be excluded from the update.
The rumor originated from the Israeli site The Verifier. The site has been on and off the mark, but it did predict that iOS 13 would remove the iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 from the list of supported devices, and that iOS 14 would support all iOS 13 compatible devices.
The Verifier also reaffirmed its iOS 14 predictions, stating that "the iPhone 6s and first-generation iPhone SE will be the last updates". The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus will be released in September 2015, while the first iPhone SE will be released in March 2016. It seems reasonable given the precedent that Apple has been providing software updates to new devices for about four to five years after their release.
Now, if the rumors are correct, the existing models supported by iOS 15 are as follows
iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 12 Pro
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone XS Max
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone SE (2020)
iPod touch (7th generation)
Incidentally, The Verifier predicted that "iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will be supported for two more years (after the release of iOS 14) for updates". Anyway, the original iPhone SE may have finished its role with the release of the second-generation model and the iPhone 12 mini as a small flagship.
Source: The Verifier
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