Apple is holding its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) this week. If you’ve been online at all, you would already know that. You might also know that the tech giant announced it’s new M2 chip and accompanying MacBooks alongside various operating system updates. What you might not know is that Apple isn’t just dropping support for some older iPhones but some older Macs, iPads, and one lonely watch.
It isn’t unusual for companies to drop support for older devices. Every single company does this to varying degrees. It just seems like a particularly long list this year after the relatively short list from last year.
Time to start Apple shopping
Along with iOS, Apple announced new versions of iPadOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS. These new versions will bring some interesting new features with them, as is usually the case. Some of the updates will seem familiar to Windows or Android users, like the ability to unsend messages or create custom layouts of several apps and switch between them.
Unfortunately for some, the new features will mean that those with older devices will miss out. Unless they buy the new stuff, of course. We’ve already covered the iPhone models for which Apple will drop support. Basically, iPhones from 2016 or earlier. But iPhones aren’t the only devices where this is happening.
iPadOS 16 will be compatible with all the iPad Pros Apple has made but if you’re still rocking an iPad Air 2 or iPad mini 4 then you’ll have to settle for the current version.
The list of Macs that won’t be eligible for macOS 13 Ventura is alarmingly long. Those include the iMac from 2015, the MacBook from 2016, the MacBook Air from 2015, the MacBook Pro from 2015, the Mac mini from 2014, and the Mac Pro from 2013 (the one that looks like a trash can).
Thankfully for Apple Watch owners, only one model is getting the axe. The Apple Watch 3 will not be allowed to sit with the cool kids at the watchOS 9 table. This one is a bit odd, seeing as Apple still sells the watch on their site.
Apple TV owners can rest easy knowing that even if they still have the first generation Apple TV, they’ll be gaining access to tvOS 16. Although, if that’s you, it might be time to start shopping around because it could very well be the last year for non-4K models.