According to a sketchy rumour by French website iPhoneSoft.fr Apple’s forthcoming iOS 13 will drop support for some of the older iPhone and iPad models, including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone SE, the original iPad Air, and iPad mini 2.
While a similar report earlier this year also claimed that iOS 13, expected to be previewed next month at the Worldwide Developers Conference 2019 (WWDC), will drop support for a number of iPhones and iPads, the accuracy of the report remains questionable for several reasons.
As pointed out by MacRumors, the iPhone SE uses the same A9 chip as the iPhone 6s so it wouldn’t make sense if the iPhone SE was dropped but the other two devices continued to be supported in iOS 13:
It could be theorized that Apple wants to drop support for iOS devices with 4-inch displays, including the iPhone 5s and iPhone SE, but there is again some inconsistency there, as the sixth-generation iPod touch will allegedly run iOS 13.
This rumor would be significant if accurate, however, as the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus in particular were tremendously popular devices that are likely still in the hands of many millions of customers.
Apple will likely unveil iOS 13 at its annual WWDC keynote on June 3rd, alongside software updates for Apple TV and the Mac.