If you own an iPhone 5S, you might want to reconsider getting rid of it. Owners of the five-year-old device may be able to update it to iOS 12 when the software is released later this year.
According to a post shared on Reddit, code spotted in WebKit, which is the underpinning of Safari, suggests Apple is testing how its upcoming software runs on the iPhone 5S. Apple is known for supporting old phones, and the release of iOS 12 will be no different.
If true, the move will no doubt fill Android users with envy. Some Android flagships don’t get more than two major software updates, if that, and often many months after Google has introduced a new release. Just because Apple is reportedly testing iOS 12 on the iPhone 5S, however, doesn’t mean it’s a sign of things to come, but it certainly bodes well.
According to a previous Bloomberg report, Apple’s next software update will introduce universal app support, which means the apps built by developers can be used on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Additionally, Apple is said to be focusing heavily on bug fixes and enhancements with iOS 12.
While iOS 11 introduced a lot of really cool features—some of which still aren’t available—it was plagued by issues. The release of iOS 12 aims to address that and, in the process, continue to breath new life into older phones.
So, just because your iPhone is five years old doesn’t mean you should get rid of it. Unfortunately, the device isn’t part of Apple’s battery replacement program, so depending on how healthy your battery is, you may be forced to replace the device anyway.