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Is your iPhone dangerous? Millions of Apple owners have been warned not to check their model number here

IF you are using an old iPhone, you could put yourself in serious danger from hackers.

Apple is pretty good at keeping devices updated, but nothing lasts forever.

The first iPhone SE (pictured) is still supported for the time being

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The first iPhone SE (pictured) is still supported for the time beingCredit: Alamy

With multiple mainline editions, Pro and Max versions, and a flood of budget phonesthe iPhone has been on the rise since 2007.

Apple releases frequent iOS updates that keep the iPhone secure, but unfortunately older devices are phased out after a while.

Simply put, outdated phones are no longer ready for the new software features.

Not only that, performance drops off drastically, making it quite sluggish.

Once a smartphone – or any other device – stops receiving security updates, you are exposed to all sorts of cyber threats.

This is because bugs are no longer patched and hackers can exploit them.

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This means that the following models are at risk from hackers and should be replaced:

  • iPhone (2007)
  • iPhone 3G (2008)
  • iPhone 3GS (2009)
  • iPhone 4 (2010)
  • iPhone 4S (2011)
  • iPhone 5 (2012)
  • iPhone 5C (2013)
  • iPhone 5S (2013)
  • iPhone 6 (2014)
  • iPhone 6 Plus (2014)

Apple typically ends support for the oldest remaining iPhone on the list once a new version of iOS comes out.

So if the iPhone 14 launches and ships with iOS 16, we expect iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus to lose support.

But seven years after its release in 2015, it’s doing pretty well.

The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are likely next on the chopping block

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The iPhone 6S and 6S Plus are likely next on the chopping blockCredit: Alamy

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