Now that we have a date for the release of the new iPhone it is time to get prepared. Historically, Apple announces a new iPhone handset, sets a date for the release, and announces the update to iOS 11 on the date it will be available to download on to your current iPhone.
With the update to iOS 11, Apple is ending support for 32-bit software and devices--in other words, out of date apps and hardware. What does this mean for you? It means it's time to check compatibility!
First on the chopping block is the iPod touch. Apple has eliminated support for all iPod touches except for the current (6th generation) iPod touch. There is a chance they might quietly release a new iPod touch, but considering they just discontinued the iPod Shuffle and Nano and they will be providing new details on the HomePod, we suspect it is unlikely they will there will be any discussion around iPods on the 12th.
All the iPads just saw an update a couple months ago so we're not going to see anything new, but we do know which iPads will not support iOS 11. All iPads before the iPad Air (the first Air edition) and the first iPad Mini are not supported. In reality, that's only one iPad, the 4th generation iPad. All other unsupported devices were eliminated in previous iOS updates, most when we upgraded to iOS 10 last year. So if you have an iPad and it's running iOS 10, you're probably good.
September 12th is all about iPhones so while there is a bit of guessing as to what's coming out, we do know what will not be supported. Everything released before and up to the iPhone 4S already lost support at the iOS 10 upgrade. Any iPhone 5 and newer is capable of running iOS 10. (THIS IS CONFUSING HERE. DOES IOS 10 MEAN IT HAS SUPPORT OR DOESN'T?)
With devices running iOS 11, it gets a bit trickier. Apple has dropped support for the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5C. However, the iPhone 5S and iPhone SE will support being upgraded to iOS 11. Additionally, everything iPhone 6 and newer is supported.
Here's a listing of everything we know is supported at the time of this post. DOES THE TIME OF THE POST MEAN PRE UPDATE OR POST UPDATE ANNOUNCEMENT? I'D SPECIFICALLY RELATE THE LIST TO THE ANNOUNCEMENT, NOT YOUR POST.
Apple migrated from a 32-bit processor to a 64-bit processor with the iPhone 5S (the reason the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C lose iOS 11 support is because they feature 32-bit processors). iOS 11 will no longer support 32-bit software. At all. If you try to launch a 32-bit program on your iOS device running iOS 11, you will get a message saying, "The developer of this app needs to update it to work with iOS 11."
This shouldn't be much of a problem. For a while now, Apple has been pushing all developers to upgrade their software to 64-bit and after WWDC they started requiring all App Store submissions to be 64-bit. Because Apple has been pushing this for a while, there are very few apps that are not 64-bit compatible.
Since we're only a few weeks away from iOS 11, you should check to make sure your mission critical software will work with the update. This way you can look for alternative software or plan on not upgrading your iPhone to iOS 11.
To check your iOS device for incompatible software Open your Settings app, this follow these menus: General > About > Applications. If you have any incompatible apps they will be at listed on that page.
There are tons of apps on our phone and there were only two out of date, a kids game and the depreciated Google Youtube uploader app, both of which we deleted. If you find software that is incompatible, there's a good chance it's pretty old and there are alternatives in the App Store you could find or its been gathering digital dust on your phone for a while and you can go ahead and delete it.
We hope that helps. As always if you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out. We don't just fix broken phones, we've got a trained staff available to upgrade your devices, clear out compatible apps, and help you find alternatives to older, non-compatible apps.