Does iOS 15 / iPadOS 15 not support “first iPhone SE” and “iPad mini 4”?

Does iOS 15 / iPadOS 15 not support “first iPhone SE” and “iPad mini 4”?

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It was rumored that the first iPhone SE, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will not be updated in the next iOS 15 (tentative), which is expected to be released this fall, but reports showing the possibility have been reported again. I have.

The source of this rumor is the French information site iPhoneSoft. The site has a track record of hitting “all devices upgraded with iOS 13 are supported” before the delivery of iOS 14.


Now, iPhoneSoft reports, “The first list supported in iOS 15 beta released in June was again collected from friends of Apple developers.” The iOS 14 forecast also states that it was “collected from Apple developers (mainly map apps),” which may be the same source.

All the past models that have been talked about are equipped with the A9 chip. The SoC installed in the latest iPhone 12 is the A14 Bionic, which is five generations ago. The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plius were released in September 2015, and the first iPhone SE was released in March 2016. All of them are very popular (even in the second hand market) and have benefited from software updates for over four years.

IPhone Soft also mentions the upcoming iPad OS 15 (tentative), stating that the iPad mini 4, iPad Air 2, and iPad (5th generation) will also be unsupported. These three iPads are A8, A8X, and A9, respectively, so it seems that they are in line with the iOS 15 standard “support discontinuation before A9”.

To summarize this rumor, the models supported by iOS 15 and iPad OS are as follows.

iOS 15

iPadOS 15


Rachel Maga
Rachel Maga is a technology journalist currently working at Globe Live Media agency. She has been in the Technology Journalism field for over 5 years now. Her life's biggest milestone is the inside tour of Tesla Industries, which was gifted to her by the legend Elon Musk himself.