Apple has a long history of supporting its devices for a long time. The company typically provides software updates for its devices for at least five years after they are released. However, with the release of each new operating system, Apple sometimes drops support for some older devices. As always, this time some older iPads will lose iPadOS 17 compatibility.
As Apple gears up to release its next major software update, iPadOS 17, speculation is rife about which iPad models will continue to be supported. According to reliable sources, there are a few iPad models that may not receive the latest iPadOS update.
iPadOS 17 is expected to be announced at WWDC23 and released in late Sep 2023.
iPads expected to lose iPadOS 17 compatibility
This year, it is rumored that Apple will drop support for three iPad models with the release of iPadOS 17. The affected models are:
- iPad (5th generation)
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro (1st generation)
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st generation)
The march of technological advancement is always relentless, and it seems that the 2017 iPad models are coming to an end. Apple has a consistent history of offering five years of software support for its devices, so some models are expected to expire.
The fifth-generation iPad launched back in March 2017, had 73 months of software support. Similarly, the first generation iPad Pro debuted in September 2015 with a 12.9-inch version and hit the shelves in November of the same year. Soon after, a more compact model, the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, was introduced to the world in March 2016. Both Pro models are equipped with the A9X chip and the Apple M9 coprocessor.
However, despite their once cutting-edge technology, these devices can struggle to keep up with innovative features and capabilities. Hardware specifications that were marvels of their time may not be able to handle current software developments.
iPadOS 17 Compatible Devices
On the other hand, the iPads that are to keep support with iPadOS 17 are:
- iPad Air (3rd generation) and later
- iPad (6th generation) and later
- iPad mini (5th generation) and later
- iPad Pro (2017) and later
Equipped with powerful processors and large screens, the new iPad models are well equipped to meet the requirements of iPadOS 17. Released in 2017, these devices are suitable for running multitasking and productivity apps. However, remember that while these older models are attractive, they don’t fully support the latest features of the new software.
Apple’s innovation machine never stops, and as a result, older devices will naturally fall out of the support cycle. It’s a bit confusing, but it also opens up a great opportunity to experience the latest Apple has to offer with a new device.
Even if your iPad is among the models that have lost support, it’s not the end of the world. You can still use your device after the release of iPadOS 17 but know that you won’t receive new software updates or security patches. Over time, this can make the iPad more vulnerable to security threats.
Apple’s expected iPadOS 17 marks a new chapter in the tech giant’s journey. According to rumors, many iPads will not support this software or may leave it out. However, newer devices from 2017 and later are ready to welcome this software update, which unlocks a wealth of new features and capabilities.
While the end of support for older devices may be disappointing to you, it also shows the continued advancement in technology. No matter the model, remember that Apple’s true innovation spirit lies in its users.