Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) upcoming iOS 17 update could force iPhone users to upgrade their devices or risk being left behind.
What happened to Apple?
Apple is expected to release iOS 17 during its upcoming annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) and could drop support for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, MacRumors has reported, citing a source “with a proven track record of software updates.”
In addition, the first-generation 9.7-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro and fifth-generation iPad could also lose support for iPadOS 17.
If this rumor turns out to be true, most Apple devices equipped with the A11 Bionic chip or earlier would be incompatible with iOS 17 and iPadOS 17.
The only exception to this would be the sixth- 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, the report notes.
Why it matters.
Last year, Apple iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 ended support for a slew of devices, including the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, first-generation iPhone SE, latest iPod touch, second-generation iPad Air and fourth-generation iPad mini.