In a recent announcement that has left the tech world abuzz, Apple declared that iOS 17, the latest version of its operating system, will be available for download on most iPhones starting Monday. Revealed at the Wonderlust event, the update introduces a host of new features including StandBy mode, the Journal app, and significant changes to Messages. However, the excitement might be short-lived for some, as users with iPhones from 2017 or earlier will not be able to experience these new features.
While the new iOS 17 promises to enhance user experience with its delightful features and intuitive improvements, it also raises questions about device compatibility. A quick dip into your settings will reveal whether your iPhone is compatible with this major update. But for those left out of this upgrade, is it time to consider newer models? And what does this mean for the security updates of older models? The answers to these questions could have significant implications for millions of iPhone users worldwide.
iOS 17: New Features and Compatibility
Apple recently announced at its Wonderlust event that the latest version of its operating system, iOS 17, will be available for download on most iPhones starting Monday. Along with this announcement, the tech giant also showcased the new iPhone 15 models.
What’s New with iOS 17?
StandBy mode, the Journal app, and significant updates for Messages are just some of the exciting new features introduced with iOS 17. However, these updates won’t be available for users with older iPhones, specifically models from 2017 and earlier.
How to Check Your iPhone Model
If you’re unsure of your iPhone model, you can quickly check in your settings. Just open the Settings app, tap on General > About, and you’ll see your Model Name. This quick process will determine if your iPhone is compatible with iOS 17.
iOS 17 Compatible iPhones
The following iPhone models will be compatible with iOS 17:
- iPhone XS, XS Max, XR
- iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13, 13 Mini, 13 Pro, 13 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (second generation and later)
- iPhone 14, 14 Pro
Which iPhones Won’t Support iOS 17?
Unfortunately, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X won’t support the new iOS 17. Apple ceased providing feature upgrades for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 series with the release of iOS 16 last year. These phones still run iOS 15.
What If Your iPhone Isn’t Compatible?
If your iPhone isn’t compatible with iOS 17, you won’t receive a notification to download the newest software. For example, the latest software you can use on the iPhone X or iPhone 8 is iOS 16. But don’t worry, even if older iPhones can’t support the latest version of iOS or any of the new features, they will still be functional for some time. They will also continue to receive security updates for iOS 16. Apple released the latest security update for iOS 15 in July 2023, and will continue to release iOS 16 security updates in the foreseeable future.
The release of iOS 17 brings about exciting new features and improvements for compatible iPhone models. However, as technology advances, older models inevitably get left behind. It’s essential to stay updated on the latest software to ensure the optimal performance of your device. But even if your iPhone can’t support the newest iOS, rest assured that Apple is still committed to providing security updates for older versions.