These Apple Devices Will No Longer Receive Software Updates

While Apple is known for backing its products with software updates, several devices are excluded from the update cycle each year. At WWDC 2022, the company announced a number of exciting software updates, but an unusually large number of devices won’t be on board. If you’re looking forward to iOS 16 and macOS Ventura , temper your excitement until you check to see if your Apple devices will be supported.

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Even if your device has been disabled, the good news is that you will still receive critical security updates for some time. Apple has a good track record of security updates since the end of software support; after all, the company is still supporting devices stuck on iOS 12 with security patches, so your device should be protected for some time. You just won’t get any of the exciting new features that Apple promised at WWDC.

iPhones that won’t get iOS 16

Apple has decided to remove the iPhone 7, 7 Plus and older from the list of devices that will receive iOS 16. If you’re not sure which iPhone you have, you can check it by going to Settings > General > About and see the name next to the model name. This means the following iPhones (and one iPod) will no longer receive major iOS updates:

  • iPhone 7
  • iphone 7 plus
  • iphone 6s
  • iphone 6s plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

Macs that won’t get macOS Ventura

Notable is the list of Macs that were cut from macOS Ventura. You can check your Mac’s model number by choosing Apple Logo > About This Mac . Here is the complete list:

  • iMac (Late 2015) (including 27-inch, 21.5-inch, and non-Retina models)
  • Mac Pro (late 2013) (good old trash can)
  • Mac mini (2014)
  • MacBook Air (Early 2015) (11″ and 13″ models)
  • MacBook Air (2017)
  • MacBook (Early 2016) (12″ laptop with Retina display)
  • MacBook Pro (Early 2015) (including 13″ and 15″ models)
  • MacBook Pro (2016) (13- and 15-inch models)

iPad stripped of iPadOS 16

Apple has removed the following iPads from the list of devices compatible with iPadOS 16:

  • ipad mini 4
  • iPad Air 2

You can check the model number by going to Settings > General > About > Model Name .

No more updates for Apple Watch Series 3

A move that shouldn’t surprise anyone is that the Apple Watch Series 3 won’t get watchOS 9. We’ve already warned against buying the Series 3 , and while Apple inexplicably continues to sell it, the lack of future updates is another reason why you should heed our advice.

This article was updated on Wednesday June 8th to fix which iPads are not eligible for iOS 16.


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