A number of current iPhone and iPad owners myself included, won’t be able to use the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system.
Apple announced iOS 11 at its latest developer conference, teasing its plans for the future of the iPhone. However, it’s now been confirmed that several of the company’s devices aren’t in line for the latest update. The new iOS 11 will not support the iPhone 5 – one of the best-loved models – or the iPhone 5C or fourth-generation iPad when it arrives in the autumn.
— iOS 11 (@iOS11beta) June 5, 2017
This means that these popular devices will be stuck on iOS 10, the current version of the operating system, which will stop receiving important security and performance updates from Apple, leaving them potentially vulnerable to bugs and glitches.
This poses a serious problem. If you own an iPhone 5, iPhone 5C or fourth-generation iPad, now’s the time to consider either upgrading to a newer model or switching to another platform, like Android or Windows. The three devices were the last to have been built on a 32-bit architecture. As expected, the company has completely switched over to 64-bit architecture.
Another troubling new issue is that new iPhones and iPads won’t even be able to run 32-bit apps when iOS 11 arrives, which could prove problematic later down the line. The software introduces a number of new features and improvements, including a more natural-sounding and capable Siri, and a clever new Do Not Disturb mode. However, this is only an improvement if you a compatible model.
To help you figure out if you’re saying bye to your iPhone here are the models that iOS 11 will be compatible with: