Certain iPhone models will not be compatible with Apple’s iOS 17, which will be released on Monday.

Certain iPhone models will not be compatible with Apple's iOS 17, which will be released on Monday.

Goodbye, Older iPhones: iOS 17 Compatibility List Announced

iOS 17

Are you eagerly awaiting the release of iOS 17, the latest iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system? Well, you may have to bid farewell to your beloved older iPhone if you want to experience all the exciting new features. Apple recently announced the list of iPhones that will be compatible with iOS 17, and unfortunately, some of the older models didn’t make the cut.

Check Your iPhone Model

Curious about whether your iPhone can handle the upcoming iOS 17? Luckily, there’s an easy way to find out. Simply navigate to your iPhone’s Settings app and tap on “General” followed by “About.” Right next to “Model Name,” you’ll see which iPhone model you currently possess.

New Features and Models Unveiled

While iOS 17 promises to bring about new features like StandBy mode, the Journal app, and significant changes to Messages, older iPhone users may feel a tinge of disappointment. If you own an iPhone from 2017 or earlier, you won’t have access to these exciting new additions. But fear not, we’ll guide you through whether your iPhone is compatible and recommend newer models that might suit your needs. Furthermore, if you’re eyeing the all-new iPhone 15, we’ve got the information on how to pre-order it.

Compatible iPhones

According to Apple, the following iPhone models will be compatible with iOS 17, ensuring you can enjoy all the latest features:

  • 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 Ones Left Behind

Unfortunately, with the release of iOS 17, three more iPhone models will be left behind on Apple’s latest mobile operating system: the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X. Last year, Apple halted feature upgrades for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 series with the release of iOS 16. These older models will continue to run iOS 15.

What If Your iPhone Doesn’t Make the Cut?

If your beloved iPhone isn’t on the iOS 17 compatibility list, you’re out of luck. You won’t receive a notification to download the newest software, and the latest software your device can handle will be limited to iOS 16. Although your older iPhone won’t support the latest iOS version or receive new features, don’t fret just yet. It will still remain functional for a while and will receive security updates for iOS 16. Apple recently released the latest security update for iOS 15 in July 2023, and there will be more iOS 16 security updates in the near future.

So, while bidding adieu to your older iPhone might be bittersweet, it’s worth considering the benefits of upgrading to a newer model that can support iOS 17. With the delightful features and intuitive improvements on the horizon, it may be time to say hello to a new iPhone that will keep you at the forefront of Apple’s exciting mobile innovations.