Apple iOS: Upgrade If You Have These Devices


New features and enhancements for iOS, iPad OS, and watchOS were among the many things Apple announced at WWDC 2023 on Monday. The new improvements to the operating system include, among other things, capabilities geared towards improved communication, data exchange, and input intelligence.

Nonetheless, as is customary following significant software releases, Apple has discontinued support for a number of iOS devices.

According to Apple’s revised iOS 17 system requirements, devices must have an A12 Bionic processor or later. All iPhone models prior to the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X will no longer receive software updates or the newest features, including iOS 17.

Apple’s A12 Bionic chipset, as well as the M1 and M2 chipsets, all power supported iPad models. The only iPad that won’t get the iPadOS 17 upgrade is the iPad 6th generation with the A10 chipset.

Conversely, Apple is no longer supporting iPads that were released prior to 2018.

  1. iPads and iPhones that aren’t supported
  2. Earlier than an iPhone 8 Plus
  3. iPad Pro and iPhone X
  4. iPad Airs prior to the 2nd gen
  5. iPads older than the 5th generation
  6. All iPad minis prior to the 4th generation

What would happen if an iPad or iPhone wasn’t supported?

iOS devices that aren’t officially supported will still be able to use practically all apps and receive updates. They will, however, no longer receive updates. Thankfully, Apple occasionally pushes out vital security upgrades automatically. However, these patches only deal with critical flaws, so minor security holes will still exist.

You should think about getting a newer iPhone or iPad if you’re using an older model that is no longer supported.

Devices that can install iOS 17

The iOS 17 upgrade will be available to all iPhones with the Apple A12 Bionic chipset or later.

The iOS 17 update will be available for the following iPhone models:

  1. Both the iPhone XS and XS Max
  2. XR, X, 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max
  3. Apple’s newest smartphone models, the iPhone 12, 12, 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max,
  4. 13s, 13s Plus, 13s Pro, 13s Pro Max, and 13s Pro
  5. iOS 14 on iPhone XS/XS Max/iPhone XS/XS Max/iPhone X

The iOS 17 update is coming to the following iPads:

    1. iPad Pro, minimum of the 2nd generation.
    2. iPad Air, minimum 3rd generation
    3. iPad, preferably the 6th generation or later.
    4. iPad mini, at least 5th gen.

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