When iPadOS 17 arrives later this fall, some homeowners of older iPads might lastly have an excuse to improve. A brand new report claims Apple will drop assist for three fashions this 12 months, together with the primary-ever iPad Professional fashions that received’t get the most recent replace.
All three tablets have a model of Apple’s A9 processor, which debuted with the 6s and 6s Plus in 2015. Apple dropped assist for that chip and its successor, the A10, when iOS 16 launched final 12 months with out assist for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus or the iPhone 7 and seven Plus. Of be aware, each the Sixth- and seventh-gen iPad use the A10 chip, whereas the ten.5-inch iPad Professional and second-gen 12.9-inch iPad Professional use the marginally quicker A10X variant, so it’s doable that these units lose assist when iOS 18 launches subsequent 12 months.
It’s not clear from the report why Apple is dropping assist for these iPads, however it’s nearly actually as a result of efficiency points with the brand new options. For instance, a number of iPadOS 16 options aren’t accessible on these units, together with Show Zoom and Stage Supervisor. Apple doesn’t “assure” assist for older units, however it typically gives between 5 and 7 years of upgrades.
On the iPhone aspect, Apple is predicted to maintain proceed assist for all fashions that supported iOS 16, starting with the iPhone 8 and iPhone X. We’ll get our first take a look at iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 at WWDC on June 5, when Apple will announce the most important new options and compatibility forward of beta testing.