Washington, September 3
Ahead of Apple’s upcoming launch event, where the new iPhone 14 lineup will be unveiled, a recent update from the company suggests that its instant messaging platform, WhatsApp, will no longer work on some older iPhone devices.
Mashable India has reported that the messaging app will end support for iOS 10 and iOS 11 devices from October 24, according to one of WABetaInfo’s earlier sources.
Some reports even suggest WhatsApp has already started warning iPhone users running iOS 10 or iOS 11 versions of the program about the end of support. Hence, those who want to continue using the messaging app in this situation should upgrade their iPhones.
Earlier, WhatsApp announced on its Help Center website that iOS 12 or later would be required for iPhone users to continue using the service.
Similarly, Android 4.1 or a later version is required for Android device users to continue using the instant messaging software, Mashable India reported.
Since the versions of iOS 10 and iOS 11 are outdated operating systems and most Apple phones may already have the most recent upgrade installed, it’s best to update your iPhone if you haven’t already.
Notably, both software versions are not widely used on iPhones. According to Mashable India, the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c are the only two iPhone models affected by this change.
Meanwhile, Apple is all set for its upcoming launch event to be held in Cupertino on September 7, and four phones – iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Max, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max – are expected to be announced.
It will also be interesting to see the new A16 chipset that will only power the Pro versions and the new smartwatches.