Without iPhone 13, these iOS 15 features are not for you

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During its last keynote, Apple unveiled four new iPhones and several new options arrived with the update to iOS 15. Most are compatible with all devices eligible for this version, namely *:

  • iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max therefore
  • iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, and iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (first or second generation)
  • iPod touch (latest model)

Nevertheless, some features would be reserved for the first four. And for good reason: with a more powerful proprietary processor and a better back camera, these are sometimes more advanced than their predecessors although the hardware differences can be counted generally on the fingers of one hand.

Unique performance for the iPhone 13?

With their A15 Bionic chip, the iPhone 13s are faster than ever. Their manufacturer therefore took the opportunity to improve several applications thanks to the beast’s Neural Engine, such as Météo. Here, detailed animations are responsible for representing as if you were there the state of the surrounding sky: clouds, rain, sun… Believe it or not, to do this Cupertino has developed a very serious process to be as close as possible to the reality. And this requires consuming. The same goes for the three-dimensional graphics of Plans. It therefore seems impossible to perform these operations with less efficient phones, such as those released before the iPhone X.

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Siri’s voice analysis without connection and the resulting spoken dictation are also affected.


On the video side, it seems for the moment that only FaceTime is finally affected by this disparity. Portrait mode for video calls, Space Audio for headphones or even Voice Isolation are only delivered with the iPhone 13 quartet and other editions powered by an A12 Bionic CPU or higher. For the others, it will be necessary to go to the App Store and select an alternative among the dozens of third-party clients available.

Finally, it is the Live Text tool – although available on all Android devices thanks to Google Lens – which is also absent on older iPhones.

* without counting the tablets, of course, which for their part run on iPadOS 15. A derivative version but very close to its mobile counterpart.

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