The American tech giant, Apple, has issued a warning to iPhone users as it prepares to launch its new operating system, iOS 17. According to reports from the British newspaper Metro, owners of iPhone 8 and iPhone X models will need to part ways with their devices, as they will not be supported by the upcoming iOS 17 update.
These two phone models were released in 2017, and Apple typically discontinues support for older iPhone models after six years. As a result, iPhone 8 and iPhone X owners will no longer receive software updates or new features.
The lack of software updates means that iPhone 8 and iPhone X owners will also miss out on critical security updates, making their devices more vulnerable to threats such as malware and viruses. With the expected release of iOS 17 in mid-September 2023, users have approximately 30 days before the new system becomes available. After this timeframe, iPhone 8 and iPhone X owners will no longer receive updates from Apple.
Replacing these older iPhone models with newer ones is an option for users who wish to continue receiving updates and security features. Currently, the replacement value for an iPhone X in good condition is around $190, while the iPhone 8 is priced at $90, and the iPhone 8 Plus at $152.
Apple’s decision to stop supporting older iPhone models is in line with its usual practice of phasing out older hardware to focus on newer technology and features. As iOS 17 brings a range of improvements and enhancements, it is intended to enhance the user experience for newer iPhone models while discontinuing support for older ones.
For iPhone 8 and iPhone X users who have held on to their devices for several years, this announcement may prompt them to consider upgrading to a more recent iPhone model to continue enjoying the latest features and security updates.