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Are older iphones a bargain?

Avatar Richard Iles
Tesco mobile are doing the SE, 6 and 6S at rates that I can tolerate (!)

The big questions are- how long will they be supported? How long before IOS upgrades result in a verry slloooww phone?

Any views?
Thanks
Richard

Re: Are older iphones a bargain?

Avatar Mick Burrell
My SE runs just fine on iOS12. None of us can say if iOS13 will even work on 6 based models let alone if it will slow them down.

As Apple no longer offer a phone the size of the SE - i.e. one that will fit in my normal sized pockets - I'll be sticking with it as long as I possibly can, even if it won't progress beyond iOS12.

Re: Are older iphones a bargain?

Avatar Richard Iles
That sounds like a good strategy -but just to clarify, if you are running an old version of IOS, do Apple still provide security updates?

Re: Are older iphones a bargain?

Avatar Mick Burrell
As far as I'm aware, they provide security updates to the current and the previous OS - but not sure if that applies to iOS or just macOS. I'm sure if they found something serious they would patch further back. But as most scams are aimed at fooling the operator rather than the phone, that's the big concern and Apple can't prevent you falling for something.

Re: Are older iphones a bargain?

Avatar Tony Still
SE and 6s are very similar internally and a year more modern in architecture than the 6, which I'd avoid for that reason (SE is basically a 6s with some features removed and squeezed into a smaller form factor). I expect that they'll be supported for 4+ years yet, possibly more.

Apple is good at supporting older models and was selling SE until about 2 months ago. Personally, I loved my SE and found it perfectly serviceable( right up to a couple of months ago) but you might prefer the larger display of the 6s.

Apple usually provides security updates for "last year's" OS so that might give you a further year's usage.

Re: Are older iphones a bargain?

Avatar Roy Rainford
I bought the SE 32GB end Sept from John Lewis for £239, using my existing SIM card. Very satisfied with it.
 
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