Is the end of your iPhone near?
If you have an iPhone 13 or earlier, you are aware that you have a device that has been on the market for over a year, but how much life does your iPhone really have left? In this post, we are going to look at the useful life of your device from a software and hardware point of view.
How much does the iPhone have left?
Like everything in this life, as the device ages, it loses its ability to function and its benefits until it practically ceases to even be a non-working device. The process of losing capacity and performance is the same in all devices, regardless of whether you have the PRO, SE or standard versions. Of course, if the device has fewer features, the process will intensify sooner, but the result will be the same. The kind of reference by age will be the iPhone 7, since it is the last device to stop receiving iOS updates.
Battery, the soul of the device
There are users who take very good care of the battery, with an annual degradation of 2-3% and then there are other iPhone customers who degrade the battery around 5% every year because they do not perform correct charging or do not use official equipment which overheats it.
So after 2-3 years, that’s when the battery is pretty weak, but you can change the battery at any time, so it’s a problem that can be solved even when the device is not officially sold in the Apple Store.
None of the users knows for sure when Apple will stop giving updates to its mobile devices. It is true that Apple usually gives between 5-6 years of updates. Proof of this is that the iPhone X updates to iOS 16, while the iPhone 7 has had 6 years of updates.
The duration of support is a clear example of how Apple takes care of its devices down to the smallest detail. It can be concluded that the iPhone X will not receive the iOS 17 update, the iPhone XS, XR. XS Max, will not receive the update in 2024 ie iOS 18 and so on.
The physical components of the iPhone such as screen, camera, Face ID or the volume up and down buttons, little by little they degrade until their final break. Depending on how the devices are cared for, external and internal components will have a longer life.
If you don’t put covers or protectors on them, a fall can cause the cameras and lenses to break. There are very few users who have taken good care of their device, not had a problem before the age of 7, since this is a device with many years. It doesn’t have to be official Apple, there are high quality alternatives.
End of program updates
Although your iPhone does not receive software updates, the device is fully functional despite the lack of battery and user experience. This means that if iPhone does not update to iOS 16, it does not mean that it stops working, it is actually very possible that it works correctly and you do not see differences other than the absence of iOS updates.
An iPhone can stop receiving app updates 10-11 years after its release, meaning that the useful life of the apps is much longer than the support they receive through updates. For example, the iPhone 7 will stop receiving software updates in 2026.
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