Apple recently confirmed in a support document that iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus will no longer receive its latest mobile operating system, iOS 17. This news came shortly before software support is set to end for these models in September 2023.
Apple will no longer provide security updates or new features to these devices, although they will continue running iOS 16 without incurring security threats.
Apple typically supports its iPhones for five years after release; as Apple released the iPhone X in 2017, its standard support period has expired. However, in some instances such as when they originally scheduled support to end in 2020 but then extended it until 2022 for older devices like the 6S/Plus models.
Apple may extend support for the iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus models but cannot guarantee it will do so. If you still own one of these devices, consider upgrading to one that will remain supported for a longer period.
Here are some of the features that will be introduced with iOS 17:
- New lock screen with widgets and customization options
- Improved messaging app features for group chats and audio messages
- Expanded Health tracking options to help track health and fitness
- With iOS 17’s privacy features to help protect your data
Even those using an older model like an iPhone X will still have access to many features found within it – however they will not receive the latest security updates or feature upgrades.