Apple is reportedly dropping iOS 17 support for these iPhones (iPhone X, First-Generation iPad Pro, and More): Check list of eligible & ineligible devices

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* Apple might release the upcoming iOS 17 during the WWDC 2023.
* The latest build for the iPhones might not support three old devices.
* Some older generation iPad models are also tipped to be dropped from the iPadOS 17 compatible devices list.

Apple’s annual WWDC is scheduled for June 5th, 2023. The brand is expected to unveil a bunch of new products during the event, and is also said to announce the latest iOS 17, iPadOS 17, the new watchOS, the new macOs, and more software updates for its ecosystem of products.

While the new updates are supposedly going to bring about new functionality to the Apple devices, a new report claims that there are some iPhones and iPads, which will not be fortunate enough to receive the latest updates.

Let’s take a look at the list of iPhones and iPads that might not receive the upcoming iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 updates.

Blame it on an unpatchable vulnerability Joe Rossignol, MacRumors:

Apple iOS 17

iPhones and iPads equipped with the A5 through A11 chip are affected by a bootrom security vulnerability that Apple cannot patch on these devices, as the bootrom operates in a read-only state. The exploit has allowed for these devices to be perpetually jailbroken on a wide range of iOS versions, allowing users to modify the iOS file system.

iOS 17 and iPadOS 17: supposed list of eligible (and ineligible) Devices

Apple iOS 17

According to a new report by Mac Rumours, Apple might provide the latest iOS 17 update to two generations of iPhones which received the iOS 16 update.

This necessarily means that the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and the iPhone X will not make it to the list and won’t receive the latest update.

This also means that the devices launched after the said iPhones will be eligible for the iOS 17 update.

Here’s the list of the potentially eligible iPhones

Apple iOS 17

* iPhone XS
* iPhone XS Max
* iPhone XR
* iPhone 11
* iPhone 11 Pro series
* iPhone 12 series
* iPhone 12 Pro series
* iPhone 13 series
* iPhone 13 Pro series
* iPhone 14 series
* iPhone 14 Pro series

As for the iPads, a few iPad models won’t receive the upcoming iPadOS 17 update, as per the report. If you are using the first-generation iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Pro 12.9-inch, or the iPad (fifth generation), chances are that your device won’t be receiving the latest iPadOS 17 update.

iOS 17 Devices Rumors

Apple iOS 17

The rumor comes from an anonymus user on Twitter who has accurately reported details about Apple software updates in the past. According to this user, iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 will drop support for the following devices:

* iPhone 8
* iPhone 8 Plus
* iPhone X
* iPad (5th generation)
* 9.7-inch iPad Pro (1st generation)
* 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st generation)

This comes after iOS 16 last year also dropped support for a number of devices, including the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus, the iPhone SE (1st generation), and the iPod touch (7th generation).

As pointed out by MacRumours, Apples decision to drop these devices with iOS 17 could be related to an unpatchable bootrom vulnerability that affects the A5 through A11 chips.

Apple iOS 17

Additionally, Apple will continue to roll out security fixes for iOS 16 even after iOS 17 has been released. iOS 15 has received multiple updates this year to patch major security vulnerabilities.

One more thing to consider, however, is that Apple oftentimes restricts some of the features in a new iOS release to its newest devices.

For instance, iOS 16 features as Live Text are only supported on the iPhone XS, iPhone XR, and later. We also saw this happen with Stage Manager on the iPad, though Apple eventually backtracked those restrictions.

This means that even if your device is supported by iOS 17 or iPadOS 17, you might still miss out on some of the most impressive iOS 17 features.

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FAQ’s on iOS 17 Drop IPhone Devices

1) What’s happening on the Apple dropping iOS 17 on iPhone devices ?

Ans) iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 could ditch support for devices powered by Apple’s A10 chips that are affected by an unpatchable security vulnerability, including the iPhone X (2017).

2) Why care about Apple rumoured iOS 17 drop on iPhone devices ?

Ans) The decision will reduce attack vectors in iOS 17.

3) What to do with drop on iOS 17 drop on iPhone devices ?

Ans) If your iPhone or iPad isn’t on the iOS 17 device list, maybe hand it down to a family member and plan purchasing a newer model?

4) iPhone X absent from leaked iOS 17 system requirements?

Ans) iPhones and other Apple devices typically run the latest operating system versions without problems for at least five years before some features become unsupported. That’s a big part of the reason why Apple hardware has such a high resale value.

But with iOS 17, a maintenance update with only a handful of new features, the Cupertino technology giant is understood to remove support for certain older iPhones and iPads powered by the A10 chip for reasons dealing with security.

5) iOS 17 should mark the end of the road for Which devices:?

Ans) * iPhone X
* iPhone 8
* iPhone 8 Plus
* 9.7-inch iPad (1st generation)
* 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st generation)
* iPad (5th generation)

The only exceptions being (will run ¡OS 17):

* iPad (6th generation)
* iPad (7th generation)
* 10.5-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation)
* 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation)

6) Which are the four devices that run Apple A10 Fushion or A10x Fushion chip ?

Ans) The four devices above run Apple’s A10 Fusion or A10X Fusion chip. iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 will drop support for the following devices iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X iPad (5th generation), 9.7-in. iPad Pro (1st generation), 12.9-in. iPad Pro (1st generation).

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