iOS 17 Supported Devices. Download Beta Profiles. Which iPhones and iPads will get the upcoming update to iOS 17? After several years, some older devices could now go empty-handed.
In recent years, Apple has continued to expand software support for older iPhones. All devices that were supplied with iOS 13 from 2019 also received the updates to iOS 14 and iOS 15. iOS 15 even runs on the six-year-old iPhone 6s, which was released with iOS 9 in 2015.
But that could be the end of the next year. As the French website iPhonesoft reports, with iOS 17 older devices are to be dropped from the update scheme for the first time in years. According to the report, which is said to be based on a source from Apple’s developer circles, iOS 17 will require an A10 processor.
iOS 17 Beta Release Date: 5 June 2023
iPhone 6s and iPad Pro will no longer receive updates
This would mean the update off for some iPhones and iPads. It should hit the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus from 2015 and the first iPhone SE, which was released in spring 2016.
In the case of iPads, the first iPad Pro models could be affected: the iPad Pro 12.9 from 2015 and the iPad Pro 9.7, which was released in 2016 together with the iPhone SE. Also iPad Air 2 (2014), iPad Mini 4 (2015) and the iPad 5th generation (2017), which would also no longer receive an update to iPadOS 17.
Of course it is still too early for final statements: iOS 17 will not be presented until June 2023. But iPhonesoft has been pretty good with its predictions in recent years – apart from last year, when iOS 17 was available on all devices with iOS 15. In view of the age of the devices mentioned, however, it is more than likely that support will end after up to seven years.
iOS 17 Supported Devices:
- iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Mini, iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max (2022)
- iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max (2021)
- iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max (2020)
- iPhone SE 2nd Generation (2020)
- iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max (2019)
- iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max (2018)
- iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus (2017)
iPadOS 17 Supported Devices:
- iPad Pro 12.9 (from 2nd generation – 2017)
- iPad Pro 11 (all generations – from 2018)
- iPad Pro 10.5 (2017)
- iPad (from 6th generation – 2018)
- iPad Mini (from 5th generation – 2019)
- iPad Air (from 3rd generation – 2019)
Security updates also for older iOS versions
Even if some models get nothing with the next iOS update, it does not necessarily mean that they will no longer receive support at all. Apple has proven in the past that older iOS versions also receive security updates again and again. In iOS 12 and even iOS 9 security gaps are closed again and again.
For devices that are currently still running iOS 15, Apple now even offers the option of forgoing the iOS 17 update and continues to promise updates for iOS 15. Accordingly, users of older iPhones and iPads can still hope for irregular updates .