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iOS 17: which iPhones are compatible with the next major update?

iOS version 17 is expected to be announced at the upcoming WWDC conference. This will take place from June 5 to 9.

This new version of the operating system for the iPhone would experience significant changes. We will detail these over the next few weeks, and above all, as soon as Apple officially lifts the veil on its beloved software. In the meantime, let’s try to list the devices that will be able to take advantage of the new iOS 17 features, based on recent rumors, but also on the history of the Californian firm in terms of iOS compatibility.

Which iPhone supports iOS 17?

Here is the list of iPhones that should support iOS 17:

  • All iPhones from 2023
  • iPhone 14 Pro and 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14 and 14 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2022)
  • iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 and 13 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 and 12 mini
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8Plus
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Credits: Apple Disclosure

Explanations of our predictions

The iPhone models whose future is uncertain are the following: those introduced in 2017, the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X. However, several pieces of information suggest that we should not fear too much for the latter:

  • The list of iPhones compatible with iOS has not moved from iOS 13 to iOS 15. This means that for 3 years and over 3 major versions of iOS, Apple has not abandoned the iPhone. iOS 16 put the iPhone 6s and 7 aside, and thus triggered a kind of “new cycle”. One could imagine that iOS 17 remains compatible with the same iPhones as iOS 16 with this in mind.
  • The latest rumors at this stage validate compatibility with iOS 17 for iPhones with an A11 Bionic chip (models 8, 8 Plus, and X)

But, not everything is so simple. As we saw there, on average, an iPhone supports 4 or 5 major iOS updates. This was the case until 2019 at least. After that, Apple seems to have extended this support instead.

iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X have already experienced iOS 11, iOS 12, iOS 13, iOS 14, iOS 15 and iOS 16. Six iOS versions in total . That’s a lot, compared to what previous Apple smartphones have shown. But it would not be surprising, if we trust this idea of ​​support cycle triggered by iOS 16, that the models 8, 8 Plus and X can still be updated this year. Knowing that in addition, seeing an iPhone support 7 iOS updates would not be a first.

On the other hand, iOS 17 may well be the ultimate update for the trio of iPhones that appeared in 2017 .

Notice to owners of iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X, a potential end of support for iOS 17 could push you to upgrade to a more recent model?

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