Will iPhone 5s and A7 iPad models get iOS 12?

Apple is gearing up to release the iOS 12 update at WWDC 2018. Just like every other update, iOS 12 firmware will kill a lot of devices, especially the iPhone 5s.

3 reasons why iOS 12 will not support iPhone 5s and A7 iPad models

1. Aging hardware 

iPhone 5s was released in 2013 and is struggling to keep up with the demands of modern firmware versions like iOS 11. It comes with the Apple A7 system-on-a-chip.

iPad models with the A7 SoC (iPad Air, iPad mini2, and iPad mini 3) are also not too far behind. Even they are bearing the brunt of modern firmware updates.


Apple released iPhone SE back in 2016, which makes the smartphone two years old in 2018. iPhone SE was a replacement for iPhone 6s for users who prefer a small form factor.

2. Poor performance

Users who still use the iPhone 5s and other A7 devices are already reeling under the burdens of iOS 11. Users have reported lags and slowdowns on these versions.

Even powerful devices like iPhone 7 plus experienced slowdowns, at least in the initial versions of iOS 11.

iPhone 5s on iOS 11.1 is slower even than the iPhone 5 on iOS 10.3.3 despite its overwhelming hardware advantage.

Here’s a video comparison of these two smartphones.

Thankfully, you can still downgrade to iOS 10.3.3 or below versions provided you saved your SHSH Blobs. Follow this tutorial to go back to iOS 10.3.3 from iOS 11.

3. Advanced features of iOS 12

Advanced features like AR (Augmented Reality) require powerful processors and several other components that are missing from older models.

iPhone 6 plus and older devices aren’t compatible with AR and, hence, can’t run any applications that use Apple’s AR libraries.

The “planned obsolescence” argument definitely doesn’t apply here. iPhone 5s and other devices simply lack the processing power to handle new features in iOS 12.

What should you do now?

iPhone 5s and aforementioned models seem to have run their course now.

You can only beat a dead horse so much and I highly recommend upgrading to a decent device in the future.

iPhone devices

Here are your options now –

  • If you are a little tight on budget, I recommend going for the iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s plus at least.
  • For those of you who can afford a modern device, go for iPhone 7 or iPhone X, which are both heavy-duty devices and can withstand iOS 12.

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