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This week in Apple: iOS 15 could drop old iPhone support, plus Mini-LED iPads

Apple inevitably stops supporting older iPhones as the years go by, and two are allegedly on the chopping block.

Published onNovember 27, 2020

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This week in Apple news, we heard some rumors related to iOS 15, the 2021 edition of the iPhone operating system. Reportedly, Apple might not distribute iOS 15 to two currently-supported iPhones. Read on below to see if yours makes the cut.

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In other Apple news, we heard a lot of news about M1-powered Mac PCs, which are now out-and-about in the wild. We also heard that the future of Intel-based Macs likely isn’t over, the ability to run Windows on M1-based Macs, and a whole bunch of rumors about 2021 iPads.

See the Apple news roundup below for all the latest.

The top Apple news stories of the past week:

  • iOS 15 could drop two older iPhone models: Apple has a long history of keeping even its oldest phones updated with the latest versions of iOS. However, it does need to eliminate some older models from the list with each new iteration. Reportedly, next year’s iOS 15 could drop the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and the original iPhone SE. The 6S models dropped in 2015 and the iPhone SE dropped in 2016, so these phones have had quite the run.
  • There could be OLED iPads along with the rumored Mini-LED models: We’ve heard tons of rumors surrounding Apple’s planned usage of Mini-LED tech in some of its future products. Now, though, we have a rumor that future iPad Pros will come with Mini-LED models and OLED models. The OLED rumor is a new one, as we expected Apple to move from LCD panels to Mini-LED with no OLEDs at all. We’ll need to wait and see if this pans out.
  • Speaking of iPads, a 5G model could be in the works: In what should be unsurprising news, rumors popped up this week suggesting Apple could be working on a new high-end iPad Pro model that will have mmWave 5G support. This could possibly be the same iPad Pro with a rumored 12.9-inch Mini-LED display. If true, that will be one pricey iPad.
  • M1 Mac users say Bluetooth is a big problem: Now that M1-powered Mac PCs are out and about in the real world, we’re starting to get a better idea of how they perform. Unfortunately, it seems Bluetooth on the M1-powered systems is poor, as many users from around the world are citing bad connections as a major issue. Mac Mini users appear to be the worst affected bunch.
  • Developer proves Windows on M1 chips is possible: Alexander Graf recently virtualized the Arm version of Windows on an M1 Mac PC. This proves that there’s nothing stopping Microsoft from offering Boot Camp-style Windows support for M1 systems. It’s just a matter of Microsoft actually doing that, which lines up with what Apple claimed a few days ago.
  • More Intel MacBooks still on the way: If the newness of the M1 chip makes you nervous, don’t worry. Reliable leaker “L0vetodream” says that there could still be new Intel-based MacBooks in 2021. These Intel machines would sell alongside M1 machines, allowing users who are concerned about legacy programs to still upgrade to a new laptop or PC. However, eventually, Intel support will stop and Arm-based Macs will be the only option — just not next year, maybe.

Thinking about making the switch?

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If you are reading this Apple news article on an iOS device and thinking about making the switch to Android, we have multiple articles and guides that can help you with that process. Despite how it might seem, moving from iOS to Android is easier than ever, and many of the services and systems on iOS have similar or even the same counterparts on Android.

The best place to start would be our guide on how to switch from iPhone to Android, which goes over all the basics. We also have more specific guides, such as how to transfer your calendar from iPhone to Android. We also have app guides that will give you the best alternatives to iOS staples, such as our list of best alternatives to FaceTime on Android.

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