Smartphones – How Many Years Will They Update For?

Apple still leads the pack of software upgrades, with most iPhones receiving at least 6 years worth of iOS updates. Apple doesn’t state the number of years an iPhone is supported with the latest software versions but I’ve seen devices as old as the iPhone 6S (2015) get the “New iOS update is now available” pop-up this year.

Samsung are racing to catch up, promising 4 years of OS (Operating System) updates and 5 years of security updates. Googles’ Pixel 6 offers a commitment to 5 years of security patches but not OS updates. Other Android manufacturers will no doubt eventually have to follow suit.

This is great news for you, the user, hopefully allowing a longer ownership of your electronic devices, with more reliable consistent software support they can be utilised for longer, access the most recent features and have general improvements to it’s security.

It’s also a boon for our home planet, reducing e-waste of the tech gadgets that are overflowing our landfills every year.

If you do get stuck with your smartphone upgrades, transferring your data to new devices, or have questions about security, click on the link to book an appointment today!

Happy Connecting!

Adelaide Techguy

Richard Pascoe is a technology consultant & technology commentator for the media on FIVEaa , ABC Adelaide , PowerFM , 5MU , 7AD and 7BU and has been seen on the Channel 7 news , Channel 9 News , Channel 10 news and Today Tonight . Richard gives his opinions on Microsoft , Google , Apple and deals with personal computers , smartphones and tablets.

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