The iPhone 6s still rocks with iOS 15

Jun 28, 2021, 10:17 PM EDT
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The iPhone 6s still rocks with iOS 15
(Illustration/GadgetBond, Image credit: Apple)

Imagine owning a smartphone that remains relevant and up-to-date, not just for a couple of years, but for nearly six years and counting. Sounds like a fantasy, right? Well, welcome to the remarkable world of the iPhone 6s, where dreams of enduring software support come true.


Back in September 2015, Apple introduced the iPhone 6s, a device that would go on to make history in the realm of technology. Fast forward to the virtual WWDC 2021 event, and Apple dropped a bombshell: the iPhone 6s was getting iOS 15, the latest and greatest operating system from Apple. This surprising announcement left iPhone 6s owners elated, as their trusty companion was still very much part of the technological conversation.

iOS 15, while not a complete overhaul, introduced some seriously cool features like enhanced SharePlay, revamped notifications, and the innovative Live Text feature. Even FaceTime got a makeover. But here’s the twist — not all the shiny new features would make their way to the iPhone 6s due to its hardware limitations. Still, the fact that Apple carefully curated the iOS 15 experience for the iPhone 6s is a testament to its commitment to user satisfaction and longevity.


You might wonder what makes the iPhone 6s such a rockstar in terms of software support. Well, it’s not just about software; it’s about hardware too. The iPhone 6s was powered by the A9 chip, which might not have been revolutionary, but it delivered a significant performance boost compared to its predecessor, the iPhone 6. With a whopping 70 percent improvement in processing power and a staggering 90 percent leap in GPU performance, the iPhone 6s was a force to be reckoned with.

But the secret sauce to its enduring performance lies in its RAM — the iPhone 6s had 2GB of it, double that of the iPhone 6. This might not sound like much in today’s RAM-hungry world, but back in 2015, it was a game-changer. Apple’s usual conservative approach to RAM allocation took a backseat, and this strategic move proved to be a game-changer. It’s this extra bit of memory that allowed the iPhone 6s to seamlessly accommodate the demands of iOS 15, much like its counterpart, the iPad Air 2, did with iPadOS 15.


In essence, the iPhone 6s’s journey from its launch to its current iOS 15 compatibility showcases Apple’s dedication to not only pushing the boundaries of technology but also making that technology accessible for a longer time. It challenges the norm of planned obsolescence and stands tall as a symbol of sustainable innovation.

So, the next time you glance at your iPhone 6s, remember that it’s not just a piece of hardware; it’s a testament to the incredible marriage of thoughtful hardware design and strategic software adaptation. It’s a reminder that in a world of constant upgrades, there’s still a place for devices that age like fine wine, getting better with time. And as iOS 15 continues to breathe new life into the iPhone 6s, let’s celebrate this unsung hero who refuses to fade into the background.


iOS 15 compatible devices:

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

iPadOS 15 compatible devices:

  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5-inch
  • iPad Pro 9.7-inch
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

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