This may be it for the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and original iPad mini

05 27

Hey guys! This week I will be talking about some not-so-recent iOS devices. Namely, the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and original (non-Retina) iPad mini.

Apple has always done a good job of keeping devices as up-to-date as possible. For example, the iPhone 4S came out in *October of 2011, shipped with iOS 5, the iPad 2 came out in *March of 2011 with iOS 4.2.1, and the iPad mini came out in *November 2012 with iOS 6.0.1. All of these have been discontinued in terms of manufacturing but they have been continuing to receive updates, even the latest one, iOS 9.3.2, released May 16, 2016 to the general public. (*release dates in the United States and Puerto Rico)

It is highly likely that iOS 9 will be the last iOS version these devices will receive, while the remaining devices will go onto iOS 10 and so on. These devices [that will be continuing on] include:

iPhone

  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5C
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus

iPad

  • iPad 3 (maybe)
  • iPad 4
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini 2
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Pro 12.9″
  • iPad Pro 9.7″

iPod touch

  • iPod touch (5th generation) (maybe)
  • iPod touch (6th generation)

The reason there is a “maybe” next to the iPad 3 is because it didn’t really offer anything new in terms of hardware except a new Retina display (and terrible battery life as the expense), a slightly better version of the A5 chip, the A5X chip, better cameras, and 4G LTE connectivity if you purchased the Wi-Fi + Data model. As for the iPod touch (5th generation), it features similar technical specifications from the iPhone 4S, except that it runs iOS 9 much better. Because of this, it is possible that these devices may not make it to iOS 10, but at the same time, they might, considering their performance differences compared to their similarly “spec’d” counterparts.

We probably won’t know for sure until WWDC this June, from June 13-17, in San Francisco, CA. Apple will host the keynote on their website after the event, like usual, so watch it once it’s available if you would like to know definitive information about this topic.

Just as a little side note, in terms of jailbreaking past iOS 9.1, a jailbreak tool has not been released by neither TaiG nor Pangu, but they are steadily working on it. Apple has released another beta version of iOS 9.3, which would be iOS 9.3.3. It’s a better idea if they wait until Apple is completely finished developing for iOS 9 and shifting gears to focus on iOS 10 only. A reputable source, who shall remain anonymous, has achieved a jailbreak on iOS 9.3.3, but he does not have plans to release it for a number of reasons. He has not released one in the past, it is not stable, as has been in the case in the past, and Apple would patch it almost immediately. He just demonstrates that it is possible.

I will keep you guys posted; until next time!

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