Apple's great WWDC event is just around the corner, and what better way to start the festivities, to which they have invited us, as always, and then contemplate all the fun features that you may not be able to use on your old iPhone.
Apple has been pretty decent in terms of extending support for new versions or iOS to older devices. Take iOS 12, for example: you can play with fun features such as Group FaceTime, Screen Time and the updated Photos application on devices like the iPhone 5S, from 2013 That's a ridiculous amount of support for a device that should not work very well now, especially if it's been your main transport device for the past five and a half years. (Your bad battery.)
This brings us to this week's question for Tech 911, presented by the Lifehacker reader Robert:
"I am proposing a hypothetical situation:
I have a 3-year iPhone SE that I use only to send occasional emails and surf the web when I'm inactive, like sitting in a doctor's waiting room. They still have 100% battery life. Most of my readings / emails are made from my iMac.
Keep in mind that the next iOS update could exclude my iPhone SE as well as other older models. I realize that there will be no more updates for iOS 12, especially security patches.
Given my rather light usage, would it be advantageous to keep the SE / iOS 12 or update to say the Xr that iOS 13 would have?
I like all this "hypothetical" talk. It makes me feel that we are about to devise a super secret plan that nobody else will know, except for the thousands of people who read this column. Jokes aside, I think it's fair to badume that your iPhone SE power be in the cut block for this latest iOS update.
What makes me think it's safe is that the iPhone SE is still a newer device, released in March 2016. It is possible that Apple will simply cut the iPhone 5, the oldest device that currently supports iOS 12, or even the iPhone . 5, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (which use the A7 and A8 chips, respectively).
I'm not completely convinced that Apple is chasing the "A9" devices: the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus and the iPhone SE mentioned above, especially if the company is pushing hard on the performance improvements and bug fixes in iOS 13, just like iOS 12. Unless Apple is looking to launch a programmed obsolescence, it makes sense that an A9 chip (two steps above the slowest processor that supports iOS 12)should Work with iOS 13.
I'm just speculating, of course. If I said, Apple has been excellent in ensuring that the latest versions of iOS are compatible with a long list of old iPhones, but they may be able to cut a wide swath through their older product line. I doubt it will happen. I was a little nervous if I was sitting at the bottom of the list (sorry, owners of iPhone 5s), but I think the iPhone SE will survive in this round.
At least, I hope so. It makes sense for Apple to continue with iOS support until the rumored iPhone SE II launches in 2020. (I would like the naming of the iPhone X and I call it iPhone Xse, to give Elon Musk an emotion, but that's just me .
As for your question, you are on the iPhone SE at least until next week, where you will hear the last word on compatibility with Apple's iOS 13. Even if your device does not reach iOS 13, it would not update in your situation. It seems that you only use your iPhone sporadically. And while it's important to have the latest and greatest security updates for your smartphone whenever possible, I'd like it to be a lightning-like opportunity to be hacked when you're doing simpler things like checking your email or browsing by Internet. Web.
If you're stuck with iOS 12, you can always switch from Safari (or whatever) to a browser that focuses especially on privacy and security, such as brave. Tor is a decent alternative, too, if you do not mind the slower speeds. You really need an antivirus or antimalware application on iOS, so do not worry about that. And, as always, it's worth incorporating a strong pbadword manager into your digital life, no matter what. These tricks are perfect for future problems, but they will help you stay safe if you find them.