Apple has announced that it will cut off services support for some of its older operating systems, including iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra, beginning in May 2023. While this may sound alarming to those still running older devices, it is not going to be a significant problem for most users. Here’s why.
Apple’s decision to discontinue services support for older operating systems is not surprising, as the company has been known to encourage users to upgrade their devices to the latest versions. Users are urged to update to the most recent version of iOS or other operating systems available on their product. For those still running an iPhone 7 or earlier, it may be time for an upgrade.
Apple to discontinue services support for older operating systems
According to an accurate leaker named “Fudge,” or @StellaFudge on Twitter, select operating systems that first debuted in 2017 will no longer be able to access Apple services, with the exception of iCloud. The affected operating systems include iOS 11 to iOS 11.2.6, macOS High Sierra 10.13 to macOS 10.13.3, watchOS 4 to watchOS 4.2.3, and tvOS 11 to tvOS 11.2.6. However, most of the compatible devices have newer updates available which will not cut off Services access to older devices.
Users can update their operating systems to the latest version, including iOS 11 to iOS 11.4.1, macOS High Sierra 10.13 to 10.13.6, watchOS 4 to watchOS 4.3.2, and tvOS 11 to tvOS 11.4.1. This will enable users to continue accessing Apple services on their older devices.
It is worth noting that Apple services include Apple TV+, Apple Music, Apple Arcade, Apple Fitness+, and more. Although iCloud is excluded from this change, it isn’t clear how this will affect services like Mail or iMessage sync.
It’s important to keep in mind that Apple’s decision to discontinue support for older operating systems is not unique to the company. Many tech companies have similar policies in place, as older devices and operating systems become increasingly vulnerable to security risks and may not be able to support new features.
In conclusion, Apple’s decision to drop services support for older operating systems is not going to be a significant problem for most users, as updating to the latest version will allow users to continue accessing Apple services.