Today, June 5, marks the commencement of the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), during which the company will introduce its latest operating systems for different devices. The release of iOS 17 update, the newest OS for iPhones, is one of the highly anticipated announcements. Nevertheless, not all iPhone models will qualify for the update.
According to a MacRumors report, Apple will end software support for some devices, including the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. In addition, the first-generation iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Pro 12.9-inch, and the fifth generation may be ruled out. iPad from the iPadOS 17 update.
This decision is in line with Apple’s announcement last year where they stated that some devices would no longer receive major updates. The iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, the original iPhone SE, the latest iPod touch, the second-generation iPad Air, and the fourth-generation iPad mini are included in this list.
The reason for stopping updates for old iPhones and iPads is that they are not compatible with new iOS versions due to old devices. Running the latest version of iOS requires updated hardware and chipset, which they lack. As a result, Apple will not release a new update for these devices.
Users are encouraged to upgrade their devices or consider upgrading to the latest generation to fully experience the latest features and security updates.
Meanwhile, the following iPhones will be compatible with iOS 17 when the new operating system is released: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini and iPhone 12 Pro. and iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2022), iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
The upcoming iOS 17 is expected to introduce several new features, including support for sideloading apps and third-party app stores to comply with EU legislation. There are also rumors of improved CarPlay with widgets and multi-screen support. The update prioritizes stability and efficiency with modest changes to the lock screen and control center, as well as new privacy-focused features.