Table of Contents
Are you ready for iOS 17?
Today, iOS 17 will be released for download on most iPhones.
What’s new in iOS 17?
The newest version of iOS introduces exciting new features like StandBy mode, the Journal app, and major changes for Messages.
However, some users of older iPhones won’t get to experience these new features. If you own an iPhone from 2017 or before, you may be one of them.
To check which iPhone model you have, follow these steps:
- Open your Settings app.
- Tap on General and then About.
- Next to Model Name, you’ll see the name of your iPhone.
If you’re unsure whether your iPhone will be compatible with iOS 17, we’ve got you covered. Read on to find out and also learn about our list of the best iPhones, in case you’re considering an upgrade. Additionally, if you’re interested in preordering the new iPhone 15, we’ll show you how.
Which iPhones will be compatible with iOS 17?
According to Apple, if you own one of the following iPhone models, you’ll be able to access iOS 17:
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (2nd generation)
- iPhone XR
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone SE (1st generation)
- iPhone X
Which iPhone models won’t run the new iOS 17?
Unfortunately, three iPhone models won’t support iOS 17:
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X
Apple ceased providing feature upgrades for the iPhone 6 and iPhone 7 series with the release of iOS 16 last year. Those phones will continue to run iOS 15.
What if your iPhone isn’t on the iOS 17 compatibility list?
If your iPhone isn’t listed above, it won’t support iOS 17, and you won’t receive a notification to download the newest software. For instance, if you have an iPhone X or iPhone 8, the latest software you’ll ever be able to use on that phone is iOS 16.
Although older iPhones won’t support the latest version of iOS or any of the new features, they should still remain functional for a while. They will also continue to receive security updates for iOS 16. Apple released the latest security update for iOS 15 in July 2023 and will continue to release iOS 16 security updates in the near future.