KEY POINTS

  • A report claims iOS 14 is compatible with iPhones capable of running iOS 13
  • This is not the first report to make such a claim
  • The report adds that this will be the last update for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus

A report claims that all iPhones that can run iOS 13 will also be able to run iOS 14 when it is released soon.

According to Israeli tech site The Verifier, iOS 14 will be compatible with iPhones that can run iOS 13. This claim is based on data found in an early development of iOS 14 that was leaked, and is also confirmed by what the tech site calls “a trusted source from the system development process.”

If this report is accurate, it appears that there will be many iPhone users who will be happy with the added support for their devices. At the moment, iPhones that can run iOS 13 include the following:

  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPhone SE (first-gen)
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone Xr
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max

The iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, which were released in 2015, as well as the first-gen iPhone SE which was released in 2016, will get iOS 14 as their last and final update, The Verifier added. Apple will discontinue support for those models after iOS 14.

The report added that the 7th-generation iPod Touch will be compatible with iOS 14. It also said that Apple will continue to provide support for “additional two-year updates” for the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

While The Verifier doesn't have a proven track record when it comes to leaks, this isn't the first time iOS 14 compatibility with iOS 13-compatible devices has been reported. French-speaking tech site iPhoneSoft.fr also reported about the same thing previously, MacRumors noted.

What about iPads?

MacRumors noted that if Apple will make iPadOS 14 compatible with iPads capable of running iPadOS 13, it will work on a slew of iPad models including the 5th, 6th, and 7th-generation iPads, iPad mini 4 and 5, iPad Air 2, 3rd-generation iPad Air, and all iPad Pro models. This remains unconfirmed at the moment, however, which means users of the said iPads shouldn't hold their breath.

iPhone 11 Pro Unboxing iPhone 11 Pro. Photo: Aaron Yoo(CC BY-ND 2.0)