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Apple services may stop working on some older iOS versions

Apple services may stop working on some older iOS versions

Apple’s services are deeply integrated into the company’s operating systems, and on other systems they are only available to a limited extent or not at all, let’s think, for example, that even now Apple TV+ can only be viewed via a browser on Android, even though it is an SVoD service that has been launched for years. The point is not this, but the fate of these services (App Store, Siri, Music, TV+, iCloud, iMessage, News, etc…) on some of the older operating systems developed by Apple. The standard practice is that the company’s services are still available from older operating systems, with the exception of some newer functions.

Apple pays more and more attention to services, and they are more and more profitable for the company (source: Apple)

This may change soon, according to a source who previously leaked images and data that proved to be true regarding the AirPods Max, AirTag, M1 iPad Pro and the iPhone 12 series. According to the source, systems between iOS 11 and iOS 11.2.6, macOS High Sierra 10.13 and 10.13.3, watchOS 4 and 4.2.3, tvOS 11 and 11.2.6 will fall out of the supported ones and will lose their access to iCloud for all Apple services except According to the source, the switch is expected in May, users who continue to use one of the listed systems will be notified and will have the opportunity to update to a newer version for all software, for example iOS 11.4.2.

The source refers to an obtained internal document, and the rumor is somewhat confirmed by a guide recently published on Apple’s support page, in which the company describes the user’s actions regarding system messages that require updating their device to use the services. Apple did not provide an explanation or comment on the news, so the reasons are unclear. The most likely thing is that they update something in the “under the hood” part of the services that are getting more and more attention, and exclude the 2017 systems for security reasons. WhatsApp, for example, works in a similar way.

However, the number of people affected by the change may be minimal, according to data published by Apple in February, only 4% of all iPhones in active use in the last four years run an operating system older than iOS 15. The interesting thing about the rumor is that there was no such thing before, even an iPhone 3GS can send messages via iMessage or an iPhone 4 can make and receive FaceTime calls to this day.

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