The company led by Tim Cook announced this new version of software last Monday, just at the beginning of its WWDC 2021 in which they presented more news. As always happens, we find very different opinions regarding what users expected of this operating system. However, there is something that few (or no one) can complain about and that is that, against all odds, the older iPhones that updated to iOS 14 may also do so to this next iOS 15.
7 years of updates on an iPhone!
At the time, the iPhone 5s broke the mold by having been Apple’s longest-lived phone in terms of updates. Since it was launched in 2013 and until the summer of 2019 it continued to receive support, having iOS 12 as its latest operating system. However, this milestone will be broken very soon in favor of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus launched in 2015 and that will arrive with support, at least, until mid-2022. To these will be added the iPhone SE first generation, which despite having been launched at the beginning of 2016, is considered to be of the same generation as these others by incorporating the same processor (A9).
And this has been a major surprise, since all the rumors pointed to these three being left out and it would be the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that would mark the cut-off line. Nothing is further from reality. Apple has given life to same iPhone from iOS 13, the latest version of the system that left devices behind (the aforementioned iPhone 5s and the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus).
On Android this cannot happen (at least for now)
The fundamental reason that Apple can update its devices for so many years and that serves as its main competitive advantage is that it is the company itself that designs the software and hardware of its devices, being able to optimize resources to the maximum. The same does not happen to Google, since its operating system is implemented in dozens of brands (Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo, OnePlus, Realme, LG, Sony…). These other brands must adapt the operating system through their own customization layers, which makes it difficult not only to be able to update them for more years, but to be able to launch the updates globally simultaneously as Apple does.
As a general rule, these devices are updated 1-2 years at the most. They are only updated for more years in some cases and usually only with security patches, which is good, but does not come accompanied by visual or functional novelties. The only exception on Android They are the Pixel, phones created by Google and that despite not being very popular in the market, they are really interesting devices and that also have that advantage of updating more years than the rest of the devices with this system, although the truth is that they are not they come to offer the longevity of Apple.