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macrumors 65816
Sep 1, 2021
iPhone SE 2020 and iPhone SE 2022 will be the only remaining models with home button still supported...

iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 may require A12 Bionic and newer

I have checked the base iPad models and there is no A11 Bionic version... iPad Air 3 uses A12 Bionic so it is possible that it will be the minimum supported chipset... Also, iPhone 8/8 Plus/X are all on limited support on iOS 16 and they may get dropped once iOS 17 is announced/released...


macrumors regular
Sep 6, 2021
They'll drop that down to 3 years soon enough. Battery will be welded into the phone body but anyone willing to change it themselves (and continue enjoying no os updates) can do so with tooling costs 2-4x the phone price and wait 3 hours in tech support cue to get replacement battery "calibrated".


macrumors 6502
Apr 1, 2007
So 5 years seems to be apples limit now.
Always was, as far back as I can remember. Big reason why I got out of the Mac ecosystem (still clinging to iPhone/Watch and Apple TV at least). It's wasteful to be throwing away devices that could potentially last another 5+ years on top of that, but when they even drop support for security updates, you don't have much of a choice.


macrumors regular
Dec 27, 2021
Well that sucks about the iPhone 8 loosing support that was one of my backup phones😑


macrumors 65816
Jun 20, 2010
I plan to update my X this year. Battery showing it's age plus I want to get on 5G, so I'll get the 15 and probably keep it 5 years too.


macrumors 6502a
Feb 22, 2019
iPad 7th gen. is just over three years old. At the very least it needs to get iPad OS 17 and 18.


macrumors 603
May 20, 2010
Los Angeles, CA
I wonder if the iPad Pro 2018 and 2020 will drop support at the same time?

The 2020 have 6gb ram instead of 4gb ram (aside from the 1tb model), and a better gpu, but both have the same A12 cpu.
Hopefully it takes a couple of years to do that.
I wonder this often. I think if they do cut off the 2018, but not the 2020 and/or if they make 4GB vs. 6GB the real dividing line, A12X/A12Z iPads that get let in will run whatever iPadOS version that the 4GB iPad Pros were disallowed from like crap.
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macrumors 6502
May 19, 2016
A11 Bionic and iPhone X is getting pretty old in the tooth, that was late 2017. I don't know that many who still have that phone considering how we got several better form factors after that.
FWIW - I think the iPhone X is the best form factor of them all. I would buy a Pro series iPhone of that size any day of the week. Current Pro phones are (IMO) too large.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 5, 2017
Any technical reason for the cutoff, or just old? Everything in iOS has been full 64 bit for a while, supports Metal, there's supported devices with similar RAM, what would be the technical line?

I hope this isn't becoming like macs, where the last few Intel cutoffs didn't seem to have any technical barrier apart from them wanting to retire old hardware.
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macrumors 6502a
Jan 5, 2017
> The only exceptions would be the sixth-generation and seventh-generation iPad models with the A10 Fusion chip and the second-generation 10.5-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the A10X Fusion chip.

This is really rather strange. If the A10 iPad can run iOS17, the A11 iPhone X should be able to. So this doesn't sound like a technical cutoff at all, but rather a "that's old, we don't want to support it anymore" one.
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