Apple’s iOS 17 Could Drop Support For Older iPhones And iPads

Apple is expected to announce the latest versions of its iPhone and iPad software during the June 5 WWDC opening keynote, and a new report claims that that software could see some older iPhones and iPads left unsupported.

The announcement will see Apple unveil the iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 software updates alongside the macOS 14, watchOS 10, and tvOS 17 releases.

But according to a Twitter leaker with a good track record, those updates will see some people needing to upgrade to be able to install them.

The Twitter leaker’s tweets are protected, but MacRumors reports that the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, first-generation 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro, and fifth-generation iPad will all be left unsupported once iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 are made official.

That would mean that all devices with the A11 Bionic or older would not be supported, although MacRumors does note that there are exceptions.

If this rumor is accurate, iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 would be incompatible with most devices powered by the A11 Bionic chip or older. The only exceptions would be the sixth-generation and seventh-generation iPad models with the A10 Fusion chip and the second-generation 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the A10X Fusion chip.

If Apple does announce the new software during WWDC as expected, it will likely make the first betas available during the same day. After that, the updates will finally be made available to everyone in or around September. Likely when the iPhone 15 lineup is also made available to buy.

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