Does iOS 14 Indicate A Shift In Smartphone Support?

Does iOS 14 Indicate A Shift In Smartphone Support?

For years now, we’ve been reading about plummeting smartphone sales as new handsets spike over $1000. It seem like the industry is headed for a disaster, and many consumers have been waiting for a shift in philosophy. At Apple’s WWDC event this week, the company gave us a glimpse of surprising trend. First of all, they said the latest mobile operating system, iOS 14, will run on any device capable of running iOS 13. That means phones released in 2015 can run Apple’s latest and greatest OS. This shows the company is making a move to support aged hardware into 2021 and beyond. This should take the pressure off consumers who feel they need to upgrade their handsets simply to run the latest version.

Additionally, the rumor mills are claiming the upcoming iPhone 12 line will include a lower priced entry model. This will lower the buy-in price for a flagship phone compared to what it is today. While this is just a rumor, the notion has a lot of well-known leakers and analysts that feel it is true. So, Apple is not only supporting legacy phones, but also making it easier to get into a flagship phone. Apple tends to set the trends when it comes to smartphones, so Samsung and others may follow this lead. Consumers may finally get what they’ve been asking for, cheaper handsets and longer support lifetimes. This could be a good thing for the future of smartphones.

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