Apple recently announced the starting date for WWDC22. It will be held from 6 June to 10 June. The tagline for the event is “Call to code.” In this event, Apple will reveal the new versions of iOS, iPadOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS. iOS 16 will likely be the new version of iOS. iOS 16 could add wallpapers with widget-like capabilities and an Always-on Display feature. Apple will also announce the list of devices that will support iOS 16. So, all iPhone 7 and 7 Plus users might wonder if they will get the iOS 16 update. This article will tell you if iPhone 7 and 7 Plus will get the iOS 16 update.
iPhone 7 and 7 Plus iOS 16 Update Status
- The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus were launched in 2016 with iOS 10 and are currently running the latest iOS 15. Both the phones are powered by the A10 Fusion chipset. But will they get iOS 16? The answer is No; the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus will not get the iOS 16 update.
Update: SHOCKING news for iPhone 7 lineup users. iOS 16 drops support for iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus were introduced in September 2016 and are powered by the A10 Fusion chipset (based on a 16nm fabrication process), which should be powerful enough to handle iOS 16. Apple has a pretty good track record when it comes to software support. Apple usually offers five to six years of software support for all its devices; some get an additional year or two. Based on this logic, the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus should get another year of software support.
When looking at the iPhone 6, which was launched in 2014 with iOS 8, received software updates up to iOS 12. Similarly, the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE (1st Gen), launched in 2015 with iOS 9, are currently running the latest iOS 15, translating to 7 years of software support. This is the longest Apple has ever provided software support to any device. Based on this, we can say that the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus users should be able to update their phones to iOS 16, which will be released in September 2022.
How many iOS updates will iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus get, including iOS 16?
- The iPhone 7 and 7 Plus should receive one more year of software updates from Apple. This is based on the software support given to the iPhone 6S, the iPhone 6S Plus, and the iPhone SE (1st Gen).
The A10 Fusion chipset on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus is capable of handling the new iOS 16 software update. The 2GB or 3GB RAM (based on your model) will not cause any problems, as some of the newer iPhones also come with 3GB of RAM. This means that these iPhones will get iOS updates up to iOS 16. This could be the last software update to be received by these iPhones unless Apple decides to provide updates beyond iOS 16. This means that Apple may end software support for these iPhones by 2022. However, this is just a prediction, and we do not know what Apple plans. Apple may provide software support beyond iOS 16, too.
The last time Apple dropped software support was with the iPhone 6, which did not receive iOS 13. Ever since, Apple has not dropped software support for any iPhones but is expected to drop software support for iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and iPhone SE (1st generation), which will most likely not receive the iOS 16 update. However, Apple is expected to continue to provide software support for iPhone 7 and later, including the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.
If you are an iPhone 7 or iPhone 7 Plus user considering upgrading to a new iPhone just because of the software support, you should be happy to know that your iPhone will get the iOS 16 update. This might make you want to reconsider your decision.