Apple's Bold Move: iPhone X and iPhone 8 Owners Left Behind with iOS 17

At the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple introduced iOS 17, its latest operating system

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Apple's Bold Move: iPhone X and iPhone 8 Owners Left Behind with iOS 17

At the annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), Apple introduced iOS 17, its latest operating system, igniting excitement amongst tech enthusiasts worldwide. But as with every new release, not all iPhone models will be compatible with this cutting-edge software.

Support Ends for Older Models

In a move that marks the end of an era, Apple has declared that it will no longer provide support for iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus. Owners of these devices seeking to experience the improved functionality of iOS 17 will need to upgrade to the iPhone XS series or later models.

The recent decision aligns with Apple's standard practice of phasing out older models, ensuring that their software remains optimized for more modern, high-performance hardware. Owners of the second and third-generation iPhone SE can breathe a sigh of relief, as their devices will indeed be compatible with iOS 17.

For context, the iPhone X and the 8 series utilize the now outdated A11 Bionic processor.

What About iPads?

The unveiling of iOS 17 also brought news for iPad owners. iPadOS 17, the operating system's tablet-friendly version, will be accessible on a range of devices.

Specifically, this includes iPad Pro (second generation and later), iPad Air (third generation and later), iPad (sixth generation and later), and iPad mini (fifth generation and later).

Available Now for Developers

Currently, iOS 17 is available for download as a developer beta.

This means only users with a developer account can access the new software. However, broader accessibility will follow soon, opening up the realm of iOS 17 to a vast array of Apple device users. The good news extends to owners of recent handsets.

If you possess any model from the iPhone 13 series, iPhone 12 series, or iPhone 11 series, you'll be able to download the iOS 17 software update. Additionally, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xr, iPhone SE (2020), and the recent iPhone SE (2022) will also support this new update.

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