Apple iPhones have a good repo when it comes to device support in terms of hardware as well as software support. Their policy of supporting all their iPhone models with five years of comprehensive software updates gives a sense of security. This is the reason why most people feel comfortable even when buying a year-old model of iPhone. But what about iPhone models which were launched back in 2018 or 2019? We are talking about the iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max, how long Apple will support these devices, and the end date of this support.
With the launch of the Apple iPhone 14 services lineup, the price of other models has significantly gone down. This has opened the market for people who wish to purchase iPhones in a budget-friendly range. However, this also has a concern for old users who currently are using iPhone X and similar models regarding their support date end as well.
iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max Support End Date
When you purchase a new iPhone, Apple gives the commitment to support it with 3 months of on-demand online warranty and with 12 months of extended warranty service overall. On top of this, all iPhone model are eligible for software updates up to 5 years of their service.
The iPhone X lineup was originally released in the year 2017 and since then, the device has gotten multiple updates through the years. When it was originally released with iOS11, after many years it has been receiving the latest iOS 16 update as well.
The support for iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max has been tremendous for Apple as many users love these devices when it comes to affordability and compatibility. The time period for iPhone X is now close to 5 years now, but for iPhone XR, XS and XS Max is close to 4 years. So all of them do get the latest iOS 16 update.
How Long Will Apple Support iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max?
Since the lifespan of the iPhone X is already been 5 years given it was launched back in 2017, the support for the device will end soon. But for iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max, there is still a time period of 1 year. After this, Apple will stop signing the new software updates for these devices.
|Release||Released||Manufacturing discontinued||Software support|
|iPhone XR||4 years ago
(26 Oct 2018)
|1 year and 2 months ago
(07 Sep 2021)
|iPhone XS / XS Max||4 years ago
(21 Sep 2018)
|3 years ago
(10 Sep 2019)
|iPhone X||5 years ago
(12 Sep 2017)
|4 years ago
(12 Sep 2018)
Once the 5-year mark on these devices gets a hit, Apple will stop all after-market services as well. These include any software-related and other hardware components / spare parts as well. Most users are not happy with this decision, but this is a usual proactive by Apple.
Apple will stop signing the iPhone X firmware somewhere in March/April 2023, and that will be the end of support for the iPhone X. For newer models such as iPhone XR, XS & XS Max, the support will be continued till the end of 2024.
What To Do If iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max Stops Receiving Software Updates?
According to the officials, the support for iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max will stop somewhere near the year 2024. This means you will not get any new firmware updates to security updates. This is because iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max will complete their 5 years of software services and Apple will not give iOS support for these devices post-year 2024.
Again, once you stop receiving any software support, doesn’t mean your iPhone will be dead or not usable. It will still be usable, you still will be able to make calls, use Facetime, and download apps and games from Playstore.
However with time (presumably 6 months), developers will stop updating apps, you will not receive any security updates, and the resale value of your iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max will also decrease in the market.
This brings us to the end of this informative post on the iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max support end date. Please note that if you have iPhone X, XR, XS, and XS Max and you love using them, you can continue using them. However, with time, many app updates will stop and you will not receive important security updates as well. So, it is better to start thinking about reselling it or exchanging it for a newer version of the iPhone.