Check old iPhones for security updates or you could be in danger, Apple warns

With the upcoming launch of iOS 16 this Autumn, those lucky enough to own a new iPhone will be able to take advantage of some amazing new features, including taking complete creative control of their lock screen.

But for those of us with older models of iPhone, there's little to celebrate. Apple is continuously dropping support for its older models, many of which won't be able to ever use iOS 16.

Not only does this mean that you'll miss out on some snazzy new features—you could also be at major risk of being hacked, as you'll miss out on some important security fixes and updates.

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If you have a first gen iPhone SE, iPhone 8, or newer, you're in luck, as you'll be able to benefit from iOS 16.

But older models from before March 2016 only function on iOS 15.5, meaning you could lose out on the latest updates moving forward.

So, if you're using an iPhone 6 or 7 or even an earlier model, you might want to think about upgrading to a new model soon as hackers could easily take advantage of old exploits and use it to steal your private information, financial data and logins.

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The iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and the iPhone 4 don't receive any security updates whatsoever any more, which mean they are at particular risk.

Luckily Apple offers a trade-in scheme which will give you money towards a new device if you hand over your old one.

The old device will be recycled and you can claim it as store credit or as a discount off of a new purchase.

Whether you have an old iPhone or a new model, it's important to take steps to protect the security of your data and your device and ensure no cybercriminals can target you.

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