Most iPhones tend to get between six and eight years of support, which is way more than almost everything you can find in the Android sphere. If you want to update your iPhone or know if your current handset supports the latest iOS 17, you’ve come to the right place.

This article will answer how long Apple supports each iPhone model (including the iPhone 14), ensuring that the device receives the essential software and security updates. At the same time, we will show you which smartphones Apple has labeled as obsolete and vintage.

How long will my iPhone be supported?

To answer how long Apple supports iPhones, we must first understand what it means for a handset to get too “old.” Simply put, it’s a consequence of new demands on the internal components due to recent updates of the OS or new technical requirements from the latest apps.

A new iOS update comes out, and your device can no longer meet those demands. As a consequence, the support stops at that moment.

Let’s compile all historical data about the support of every iPhone model, accompanied by release dates, discontinuation dates, and iOS compatibility. Please, take into consideration that support end dates are estimates and based on past releases with an average of 7 years of support. Therefore, they may be subject to changes in the future.

ModelRelease dateDiscontinuation dateSupportedMaximum iOS compatibility
iPhoneJun 29, 2007Jul 15, 2018NoiOS 3.0
iPhone 3GJun 09, 2008Jun 7, 2010NoiOS 4
iPhone 3GSJun 19, 2009Sep 12, 2012NoiOS 6
iPhone 4Jun 24, 2010Sep 10, 2013NoiOS 7
iPhone 4sOct 14, 2011Sep 4, 2014NoiOS 9
iPhone 5CSep 20, 2013Sep 9, 2015NoiOS 10
iPhone 5SSep 20, 2013Mar 21, 2016NoiOS 12
iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 PlusSep 25, 2014Sep 7, 2016NoiOS 12
iPhone 6S / 6S PlusSep 25, 2015Sep 12, 2018NoiOS 15
iPhone SE (1st generation)Mar 31, 2016Sep 12, 2018NoiOS 15
iPhone 7 / 7 PlusSep 16, 2016Sep 10, 2019NoiOS 15
iPhone 8 / 8 PlusSep 22, 2017Apr 15, 2020NoiOS 16
iPhone XNov 3, 2017Sep 12, 2018NoiOS 16
iPhone XS / XS MaxSep 21, 2018Sep 10, 2019Yes – Until 2025iOS 17
iPhone XROct 26, 2018Oct 26, 2018Yes – Until 2025iOS 17
iPhone 11Sep 20, 2019Sep 7, 2022Yes – Until 2026iOS 17
iPhone 11 Pro / 11 Pro MaxSep 20, 2019Oct 13, 2020Yes – Until 2026iOS 17
iPhone SE (2nd generation)Apr 24, 2020Mar 8, 2022Yes – Until 2027iOS 17
iPhone 12Oct 23, 2020In productionYes – Until 2027iOS 17
iPhone 12 miniNov 13, 2020Sep 7, 2022Yes – Until 2027iOS 17
iPhone 12 ProOct 23, 2020Sep 14, 2021Yes – Until 2027iOS 17
iPhone 12 Pro MaxNov 13, 2020Sep 14, 2021Yes – Until 2027iOS 17
iPhone 13 / 13 miniSep 24, 2021In productionYes – Until 2028iOS 17
iPhone 13 Pro / Pro MaxSep 24, 2021Sep 7, 2022Yes – Until 2028iOS 17
iPhone SE (3rd generation)Mar 18, 2022In productionYes – Until 2029iOS 17
iPhone 14Sep 16, 2022In productionYes – Until 2029iOS 17
iPhone 14 PlusOct 7, 2022In productionYes – Until 2029iOS 17
iPhone 14 Pro / 14 Pro MaxSep 16, 2022In productionYes – Until 2029iOS 17
iPhone 15Sep 22, 2023In productionYes – Until 2030iOS 17
iPhone 15 PlusSep 22, 2023In productionYes – Until 2030iOS 17
iPhone 15 ProSep 22, 2023In productionYes – Until 2030iOS 17
iPhone 15 Pro MaxSep 22, 2023In productionYes – Until 2030iOS 17

As you can see in the table, Apple ensures compatibility with the latest iOS 17 for older models, such as the iPhone XS, and iOS 16 compatibility for handsets as old as the iPhone 8.

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Finally, Apple is still pushing critical security updates on iOS 15 for supported devices. As we’ll see in the following section, other models become obsolete, and Apple’s official support ends there.

What are the obsolete and vintage iPhones?

When considering how long Apple supports older iPhone models, we must first read the company’s words. In this article, Apple states:

Owners of iPhone, iPad, iPod, Mac, or Apple TV products may obtain service and parts from Apple service providers, including Apple Retail Stores and Independent Repair Providers, for a minimum of 5 years from when Apple last distributed the product for sale.

Obtaining service for your Apple product after an expired warranty. Apple Support.
iPhone 4 and box
iPhone 4

You could extend this support for up to seven years, depending on the availability of parts.

Obsolete iPhones list

Obsolete iPhones are discontinued models with more than seven years in the market and are the following:

  • iPhone (the original)
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone 3GS
  • iPhone 4
  • iPhone 4s
  • iPhone 5c

Vintage iPhones list

Vintage iPhones are those that have not been sold for more than five years (but less than seven years):

  • iPhone 4 (8GB)
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus

It’s worth noting that 3G networks were shut down in the United States and will do so in additional countries as the 5G revolution continues to grow. Some carriers will no longer offer 3G service, and some users with old devices may need to upgrade to a newer device to avoid losing connectivity.

Takeaway

In conclusion, we’ve seen that Apple’s support is exceptionally extended in time. Even if its products can be more expensive than their Android counterparts, the cost-benefit ratio of having up to seven years of support can ease customers’ minds and make it worth it.

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We invite you to check out our compared iPhones compatible with the latest iOS 17 on RefurbMe below. Buying refurbished products is the best way to save money when purchasing a smartphone, boost the circular economy, and get a completely functional device that has been thoroughly examined, warranty included:

We will update this post whenever a new iPhone or iOS version comes out or any iPhone is classified as vintage or obsolete, so don’t forget to save or bookmark it and come back from time to time.

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