If you have an iPhone 13 or earlier, you know you have a device that’s been out for more than a year, but how much life does your iPhone really have left? In this post, we will look at the useful life of your device from a software and hardware perspective.
How much does the iPhone have left?
Like everything in this life, the device loses its functionality and benefits with age, until it practically ceases to be a non-functional device. The process of losing capacity and performance is the same for all devices, whether you have the PRO, SE or Standard version. Of course, if the device has fewer functions, then the process will be sharpened earlier, but the result will be the same. The type of reference by age will be the iPhone 7 as 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 by about 5% every year because they do not carry out correct charges or not officially use devices that cause overheating.
So, after 2-3 years, the battery is quite degraded, but you can change the battery at any time, so it’s a problem that can be solved even if the device is not officially sold in the Apple store.
None of the users know exactly when Apple will stop providing updates for its mobile devices. It is true that Apple usually provides updates between 5 and 6 years. Evidence of this is that the iPhone X has been updated to iOS 16 while the iPhone 7 has had updates for 6 years.
The length of support is a clear example of how Apple cares about its devices down to the last detail. From this it could be concluded that the iPhone X will not receive the iOS 17 update, the iPhone XS, XR. XS Max will not receive the 2024 update, so iOS 18 and so on.
The physical components of the iPhone such as the screen, camera, Face ID or the volume up and down buttons are gradually degraded until they finally break. Depending on the care of the devices, external and internal components have a longer service life.
If you don’t put covers or protectors on it, a fall could cause the cameras and lenses to break. There are many few users who have taken good care of their device and before the age of 7 it was not a problem as it is a device with many years. It doesn’t have to be an official Apple, there are quality alternatives.
End of app updates
Even if your iPhone does not receive software updates, the device is fully functional despite the lack of battery and user experience. That is, if the iPhone does not update to iOS 16, it does not mean that it has stopped working. In fact, there’s a good chance it’s working properly and you won’t notice any differences beyond the lack of iOS updates.
An iPhone can stop receiving app updates 10-11 years after its release, which means that the usage life of the apps is much longer than the support it gets through updates. For example, the iPhone 7 will no longer receive app updates in 2026.
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