WhatsApp to Pull Support for Older iPhones From Next Year

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Dec 28, 2017.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    WhatsApp announced on Thursday that its mobile app will stop working on some older smartphones from next year, as it concentrates on developing new features for the popular messaging platform.

    The decision means that from January 1, 2018, WhatsApp will pull support for the app on iPhone 3GS and older models, as well as iPhones running iOS 6 and earlier. The list of unsupported phones also includes Android 2.1 and 2.2, BlackBerry OS, and Windows Phone 7.

    Explaining its reason for the move, WhatsApp said that when it was founded back in 2009, the mobile landscape was very different.

    "About 70 percent of smartphones sold at the time had operating systems offered by BlackBerry and Nokia," the company said. "Mobile operating systems offered by Google, Apple and Microsoft - which account for 99.5 percent of sales today - were on less than 25 percent of mobile devices sold at the time."

    Apple's iPhone 3GS was released in June 2009, while iOS 6 was released on September 19, 2012, followed by iOS 7 in 2013. According to Apteligent Research, less than 0.04 percent of iPhone users are currently using iOS 6. Apple's most recent mobile OS, iOS 11, was released on September 19, 2017, and accounts for over 75 percent of active iOS users.

    (Via Sky News.)

    Article Link: WhatsApp to Pull Support for Older iPhones From Next Year
  2. MH01, Dec 28, 2017
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    MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    Shame they are pulling WhatsApp, does a great job communicating people across platforms , so much better than FB
  3. akbarali.ch macrumors 6502a


    May 4, 2011
    Mumbai (India)
    Support. Is someone holding something on their shoulder so that these phones run whatsapp. They use the same communication channel what other phones use. Why discriminate and stop them functioning. I mean sms is still working on today's phones and the earliest phones as well. They may not support new flashy function but let it work as upto whatever was working. iMessage is still working on 3gs.
  4. Aussi3 Suspended


    Jun 3, 2012
    Facesticks on the App store
  5. JosephAW macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2012
    Reminds me when MS pulled support for Skype for Power PC at the time I was communicating with my friends in Europe who could not afford a newer Apple computer.
    MS eventually won because my friends could afford a low cost Windows pc and abandoned the Mac.
  6. MacWanker, Dec 28, 2017
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2017

    MacWanker macrumors member


    Jun 4, 2014
    Still works on my Blackbery 9700 which is my workhorse for emails.

    This was supposed to happen jan 1st 2017 I think.. that was then extended until June 2017, now this new date has been showing in the app for a while.

    Will see if it happens this time. Shame if it does.

    Edit - bugger, it also lists blackberry 10 as well as BBOS, so I can't even switch to my classic for it.
  7. Kabeyun macrumors 68000


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    I’m sure both people still using a 3GS will be very disappointed.
  8. PR1985 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2016
    Good. To all of you who do not understand why they do this: Costs.
  9. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Not necessarily, my girl has one and a 5S.(2 Sim Cards/providers-Asian)


    Bold: So, that's 50%.;)
  10. scrapesleon macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2017
    People need to upgrade with the time or you simply just get left behind
  11. I7guy, Dec 28, 2017
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    I7guy macrumors P6


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Iphone 3gs, that's ancient? I wonder how many users will be affected by this? I'll say this. I got whatsapp on my blackberry, when I ditched the blackberry for an iphone I never installed whatsapp. About a year ago I reinstalled whatsapp and since I never changed phone numbers, my info was still in their database.
  12. norz macrumors newbie

    Mar 7, 2007
    Telegram still works well on iOS 6.
    And it was launched only four years ago.
  13. JayJohnPaul macrumors regular


    Aug 13, 2014
    Dawnbreak City
    I think it’s about time they redesigned their app instead of adding pointless Snapchat features... The iOS version looks dated and dull, it still looks like when it first rolled out to the public in 2009. WhatsApp was slightly redesigned in 2013 to blend in with iOS 7 but aside from that nothing major has changed. The Android version looks a bit modern but all cluttered.
  14. Johnny London macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2012
  15. macTW Suspended

    Oct 17, 2016
    “This is Apple’s fault! Screw Apple!”
  16. Kabeyun macrumors 68000


    Mar 27, 2004
    Eastern USA
    Lol! Shout out to the other one.
  17. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    Pretty sure people still using a phone that belongs in the Smithsonian are OK with that. I mean if anyone who still has a 3GS as a daily phone set up home in 2009 and decided to stay for awhile.
  18. Jimmy James macrumors 601

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    I wonder who has the other one.
  19. LotusLord macrumors 6502a


    Apr 28, 2008
    The Capital of the Land of Cheese and Beer
    I have a 3Gs still (my first iPhone), but don't use it. My 5s has taken it's place as my backup should anything happen to my primary device. In my mind it's not too crazy for them to do this. In fact they're supporting older things than I would, though I have to remember that there are people in other countries (and my cheapskate Dad in the US) using older model phones still.
  20. boccabella macrumors regular

    Oct 26, 2010
    Translation: Our ad platform is not compatible with these operating systems.
  21. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    Santa claus


    Darn, he upgraded to an iPhone 4 just recently.
  22. vooke macrumors 6502


    Jul 14, 2014
    I’ve never understood why WhatsApp can’t or won’t run on iPad. There’s no sane reason why it shouldn’t
  23. Liebo macrumors regular


    Sep 17, 2013
    WhatsApp currently needs iOS 7 to install new so am I right in assuming that those on iOS 6 and below are using older clients?
  24. potatis macrumors 6502a


    Dec 9, 2006
    Isn't iOS 8 minimum required for apps, or is that only for new code?
  25. springsup macrumors 65816


    Feb 14, 2013
    Nothing lasts forever. Web standards move on, your browser doesn't support them, you get degraded (or non-existent) experiences. Native apps are no different - mobile APIs change, your phone doesn't support them, you can't use the latest Apps and the ones you have may not get updates (and if they connect to a cloud service, like WhatsApp, that may mean they stop working).

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