Apple’s services are deeply tied to the company’s operating systems, such as iOS and macOS. But even with new software bringing new features, Apple still keeps its online services running on old software. But this may change soon as the company is about to shut down its services for older software.
Devices running iOS 11 may lose access to Apple services
According to the leaker known as StellaFudgevirtually all Apple online services except iCloud will stop working on devices running iOS 11, macOS High Sierra, watchOS 4, and tvOS 11. The leak claims that users running this software will be notified about the upcoming limitation and to update your devices. if possible.
In the past, StellaFudge has successfully leaked actual photos of AirPods Max, AirTags, and details about products like the M1 iPad Pro and the iPhone 12 lineup.
But as he points out MacRumors, there is something else that supports this leak, and it comes from Apple itself. The company published a new support article last month explaining that “older software versions will no longer be compatible with Apple services like the App Store, Siri and Maps.”
Right now, even if you have a device as old as an iPhone 3GS, you can still use services like iMessage. Similar to that, iPhone 4 users can still make FaceTime calls. Of course, these devices do not support new features, but they never lost their original capabilities.
The reasons behind this decision are unclear, but Apple could be working on a major update under the hood of its online services that would break support for some old software. WhatsApp, for example, blocks older devices from accessing the app every year due to a lack of updates and new features.
Of course, the number of users running old Apple software is really low. According to Apple, only 8% of iOS devices are still running software older than iOS 15. This means that the impact of limiting services to newer devices may not be huge. Still, it would be the first time Apple has done this.
iOS 17 is rumored to stop supporting more devices
According to another report, iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 will drop support for iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPad 5th generation and iPad Pro 1st generation. This would come after iOS 16 dropped support for a number of devices last year, including the iPhone 7, the first-generation iPhone SE, and the latest model iPod touch.
We will have the answer to that in June at WWDC 2023.