iOS 17 might support the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus, after all.
A rumor reported by MacRumors said iOS 17 will drop support for several iPhones and iPads, including the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. The next day, the online publication posted a counterclaim that contradicted the previous rumor, saying devices that supported iOS 16 can support iOS 17.
The news comes as Apple prepares for the unveiling of the iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 at the WWDC 2023 in June.
According to MacRumors, their source is a reputable tipster who had a “man inside” Apple’s development team who occasionally shares information about upcoming iOS devices. The tipster was also the one who leaked the Dynamic Island of the iPhone 14 Pro ahead of the launch.
If the rumor is true, then the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus will get more than five years’ worth of major OS upgrades. Owners of these devices will get their money’s worth as the three came out in 2017.
In contrast, it’s normal that older devices are left out whenever new updates are released. When iOS 16 came out, it dropped support for a handful of devices, including the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, original iPhone SE, final iPod touch, second-generation iPad Air, and fourth-generation iPad mini.
Regardless, that’s still a lot better than what most Android devices have, with Samsung, OnePlus, and Google among the only manufacturers who offer up to four years of major OS updates.
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At this point, nothing is yet official. All these are still rumors. But if you’re one of those people who have any of the iPhones mentioned above, you might need to upgrade to a new device this June.
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