iOS 15 is more or less official now, which many iPhone owners have been waiting for. And its release also has some good news for owners of old iPhones out there.  

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According to The Verge, iOS 15 will be supported on a good amount of older Apple hardware, including the now six-year-old iPhone 6S. As you should know, six years is more or less "forever" when it comes to a modern smartphone's age, so if you've held on to your 6S ever since it first shipped, then lucky you. 

The news was revealed at the initial salvo of announcements during the 2021 WWDC (Worldwide Developers' Conference), which kicked off last June 7. iOS 15 was among the biggest bits of new during the event, as it is scheduled to bring about a lot of much-needed upgrades to a wide range of Apple mobile devices. 

Aside from the 6S, two additional old iPhone models are also getting the iOS 15 treatment: the first and second-generation iPhone SE, namely. There's also the 6S Plus. Everything else newer than these will also be compatible with iOS 15 when it's slated to release in Fall 2021. 

But if you're interested in seeing which upcoming OS upgrade will support other Apple devices, then check out this article also by The Verge.

Read also: iOS 15 'Find My iPhone' Now Works Despite Device Being Turned Off

iOS 15: Why Should You Get Excited? 

There's no official release date yet for iOS 15. But considering how past iOS releases often happened during September, according to TechRadar, then it might be safe to assume that the upgrade will roll out a few months from now. Another noteworthy bit is that there's going to be a public beta test of the operating system in July for those who want to try it out first without minding any bugs that much. 

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Now, onto the upgrades. Here are some of the biggest ones, as reported by CNET

  • Spatial audio: FaceTime will get spatial audio, which means that you'll hear a person's voice sound like it's coming from where they are on screen. For example, if the person you're talking to is on the left side of the screen, then you'll "hear" them from there. We assume that this would work perfectly if you're using headphones. 

  • iMessage: iMessage will get new sharing features involving photos, news articles, and even song playlists. For instance, multiple photos being sent via iMessage will appear in some sort of a collage that you can swipe through on. 

  • Maps: Gone are the days when you struggled to find reliable directions on the old Maps, because Apple is adding 3D street data and even AR (augmented reality) directions to your mobile device. With automatic updates and notifications that pop up when you approach a certain stop, it's going to be hard to get lost anywhere you find yourself in. 

As usual, iOS 15 is available as a free update on all supported devices, which you can download by going to Settings > General > Software Update come September, hopefully. 

Related: Apple WWDC: iOS 15 to Receive Digital Car Key Support in Wallet Like Google

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