Apple’s latest rumor could make a significant difference in companies’ IT budgets.
If you’re budgeting and managing a fleet of iOS devices for business or educational purposes, you’ll want to know if today’s big Apple buzz is hot or bad.
Statement: iOS 14 is compatible with all iOS 13 devices
The claim is that iOS 14 will be very back compatible, as it will run on all existing iPhones that can run iOS 13, although not on iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2. (iOS 13 is supported on all devices, including iPhone 6S and iPhone SE 2015).
The fact that Apple plans to accept these iOS 14 devices once again is great news for budget IT administrators. You shouldn’t bet on this rumor yet, because it comes from an obscure French site called iPhonesoft and has not been confirmed by anyone else at this time.
We will probably find out if it is true or false at the most important world conference of Apple developers in June.
Reasons why it might happen
There are some very good reasons why Apple might choose to keep compatibility on older devices, including:
Customer Loyalty: Apple has the highest levels of customer satisfaction in the industry. Compatibility with older devices will improve this.
Environment: Apple is investing in renewable energy, recycling technologies and wants to develop a closed loop manufacturing system. And Apple’s vice president for environment, policy and social initiatives, Lisa Jackson, said earlier that one of the best ways to protect the environment is incredibly simple: replace your smartphones less often. (Apple is also facing the challenge of designing obsolescence built into its devices.)
And services: of course, if people buy fewer devices, Apple makes less money, right? Not really: Apple offers a growing range of attractive iPhone accessories – watches, AirPods and, one day, glasses – and its service segment raises tens of billions for the company. It seems that providing world class services to customers who are already satisfied is a good deal.
There is also the ecosystem, the application economy and the fact that Apple now has hundreds of millions of people using one of its devices and is therefore more likely to invest in a second.
In this context, creating iPhones that have been running for years is a good deal – is there another smartphone operating system provider that can provide attractive device operating system updates from five years ago?
And remember that security-conscious business managers know they can trust Apple to quickly provide security updates to their ecosystem in response to failures, and they can benefit from third-party mobile security protection and MDM systems to help optimization. Protect yourself for mobile.
Reasons why it might not happen
There are also reasons why Apple should not do this.
Improving opportunity protection: Apple has a great opportunity to upgrade, as iPhone 6 owners switch to a new device, so why lessen that excitement by giving more longevity to older devices for secondary users?
Market conditions: We know that Apple is struggling to make sales in a difficult market, and while their fight seems a success, retail sales in some of its developed economies are slow or stagnant as consumers decline their purchases in response to uncertainty. . .
Is the rumor true? The fact that the statement came from a small French site Apple casts some doubt on its veracity, although Apple has a long presence in France. Rumors about Apple are not an exclusive US franchise, ask Ming-Chi Kuo.
It may not happen
Finally, the rumor itself warns that support for the iPhone SE and iPhone 6S could disappear if iOS development teams have problems.
This suggests that these devices may benefit from some software enhancements, but may lack some of the new features, even if the update is enough.
Checking the veracity of this claim will be a priority issue for many business buyers this year. We will find out more at WWDC, whose date and time has not yet been announced, but it usually takes place in early June.
If true, of course, the statement also means that fans of small iPhones can use the iPhone 5S for a few months, even if the company never does another.