It's inevitable that some products and platforms will end up on the wayside after new, better products and platforms are developed. To quote the Lion King: It's the circle of life!

After the September Apple Event's big unveiling of things like the iPhone 8, the iPhone 8 Plus, and the (drum roll, please!) iPhone 10, some people have speculated that iOS 11 might cause some mischief for older models of iPhone and iPad. And right they were.

Which devices support iOS 11?

All 64-bit devices can run iOS 11, though some don't have every feature available to them.

iPhone

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s

iPad

  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 2nd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 1st generation*
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad, 5th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

iPod

  • iPod touch, 6th generation

Missing features

  • The 12.9-inch 1st-generation iPad Pro can't use key flicks
  • All models of iPhone and iPod don't have access to iPad-specific features like Drag and Drop, the redesigned Dock, Pencil-specific Notes features, Slide Over, Split View, App Spaces, and the redesigned App Switcher.

Which devices will become obsolete with the new update?

  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5C
  • iPad (3rd Generation)
  • iPad (4th Generation)

But… but why?!

Unfortunately, this ties into the move to 64-bit-only architecture and applications. These were the very last four to be built with 32-bit architecture, and thus won't work with future applications.

What happens if I don't upgrade?

Your device will remain on iOS 10, where it will receive security updates and patches, but no future updates. As such, if you want to play with any of the great features in iOS 11 or future updates, it might be time to upgrade.

What do you think?

With the latest version of iOS coming out, are you excited, or more disappointed that Apple is taking away some truly beloved products from their roster?

Will you be downloading iOS 11 the second it launches, or are you going to give it a hard pass?

Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Updated September, 2017: This article has been updated with the most current information on iOS 11.

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