Apple is releasing it’s newest iOS update in the fall, but a growing claim online worries the new software will make older iPhones stop working as phones.

Headlines and tweets like this seem to indicate that the iPhone 6 and older models will be killed off or stop working. 

One viewer was even told by a representative in an Apple store that their iPhone 6 would no longer be supported after the September update. The representative also said their iPhone would operate like an iPad and be unable to call or text.

While it’s not unheard of that older iPhones will no longer be supported in new OS updates, there has never been a case where the old phones’ calling and texting functionality has been disabled.

THE QUESTION

Is it true that iPhone 6 and older model Apple phones will no longer be able to call or text by September?

THE ANSWER

No. However, the iPhone 6 is one of the phones that will be unable to update to iOS 13 when it comes out in the fall.

WHAT WE FOUND

First, VERIFY checked with Apple. They confirmed that the older iPhones still work as phones despite not being able to run on the newest iOS.

That’s all the evidence you need to know that your iPhone will continue working as normal even if it can’t get the new update.

According to Apple’s preview page for iOS 13, the update will be compatible with 12 devices. The list excludes the iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iPhone 5s, all of which were compatible with iOS 12.

A phone can continue to call and text as normal even if it isn’t eligible for the latest OS update. Such updates typically beef up the devices’ security and add new features.

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A user might not be able to use some apps on their iPhone 6 if the apps no longer support iOS 12 once iOS 13 comes out. However, that’s not a guarantee and is in fact unlikely to happen immediately following a new OS update.

Apple has said iOS 13 comes out in the fall. They’ve confirmed the iPhone 6 will continue to call and text as normal even without that OS update. If anything, people with the iPhone 6 might lose out on some apps.

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