Apple’s iOS 17 excludes certain iPhone models.

Apple's iOS 17 excludes certain iPhone models.

The Bittersweet News: iOS 17 is Here, but Not for All iPhones

iOS 17

Don’t you just love the excitement of a new iOS release? The anticipation of discovering sleek features, improved functionalities, and a refreshed user experience is enough to make any Apple enthusiast giddy with joy. Well, hold onto your hats because iOS 17 is right around the corner! At the recent Wonderlust event, Apple announced that iOS 17 would be available for download on most iPhones starting Monday. But, and this is a big but, not all iPhones will be able to enjoy the latest and greatest iOS has to offer.

What’s New in iOS 17?

With iOS 17 comes a host of delightful features and intuitive improvements. StandBy mode, the Journal app, and major changes to Messages are just a few highlights. However, if you’re the proud owner of an iPhone from 2017 or earlier, you may not be able to experience these new features firsthand. It’s a bittersweet reality that raises the question: Will your iPhone be compatible with iOS 17?

Compatibility Check: Is Your iPhone In or Out?

To find out whether your beloved iPhone is eligible for the iOS 17 update, a simple check in your settings will do the trick. Open the Settings app, tap on General, and select About. Look for the Model Name, and there you have it – confirmation of which iPhone you possess. Now, brace yourself as we reveal the compatibility list for iOS 17.

The Lucky Ones: iPhones Compatible with iOS 17

If you own one of the following iPhones, rejoice because iOS 17 will be available for you to indulge in its wonders:

  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (second generation and later)
  • iPhone 14 (including Plus)
  • iPhone 14 Pro

The Forgotten Trio: iPhones Left Behind

Sadly, there are those who won’t be able to join in on the iOS 17 party. If you happen to own an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or iPhone X, you’ll have to come to terms with the fact that your device won’t support the latest Apple operating system. Apple bid adieu to these three models with the release of iOS 16 last year. As for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 series, their days of feature upgrades ended with iOS 16 as well, and they will remain stuck with iOS 15.

When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens

If your iPhone doesn’t make the compatibility list, don’t fret! While you won’t get to enjoy the latest version of iOS or any of its new features, your trusty companion should still function adequately for some time to come. Furthermore, Apple will continue to release security updates for iOS 16, ensuring that your older iPhone remains protected from potential vulnerabilities.