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iPhone X is about to be abandoned by Apple

# **iPhone X is about to be abandoned by Apple** **Devices released in 2017 or earlier may be stopped updating iOS 17 and iPadOS 17.** Twitter account *@Fame_G_Monsters*, dedicated to posting Information about Apple’s software updates, said that a series of products will be stopped updating iOS 17 and iPadOS 17. Specifically, the list of devices includes iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad 9.7 inch 2017 (5th generation), iPad Pro 9.7 inch 2016 and iPad Pro 12.9 inch 2015 (first generation). If rumors are accurate, iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 will stop supporting most devices using the A11 Bionic chip or earlier. Some exceptions include iPad 9.7-inch 2018 (6th generation), iPad 10.2-inch 2019 (7th generation) with A10 Fusion chip. Next is the iPad Pro 10.5 inch and 12.9 inch 2017 (2nd generation), using the A10X Fusion processor chip. According to *MacRumors*, iPhones and iPads with processors from A5 to A11 Bionic are affected by the “checkm8” vulnerability, related to the bootrom of iPhone and iPad. Bootrom is a part of boot read-only memory, containing the code that is first run every time the user boots the iOS device. The vulnerability makes it possible to permanently install jailbreak tools on multiple versions of iOS, allowing users to tweak the system. Because of the read-only memory, Apple cannot patch the bootrom vulnerability unless it interferes with hardware. Last year, iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 stopped supporting a wide range of devices such as iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone SE 2016, 7th generation iPod touch, iPad Air 2, and iPad mini 4. Although no longer able to upgrade to the new version, devices running iOS 15 and iOS 12 still regularly receive security patches, especially serious vulnerabilities. Apple is expected to launch iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 at the WWDC 2023 developer conference on June 5. Even if upgrading to the new version is supported, some features will not be available on older devices. For example, the Live Text feature supports iPhone XS and XR and later. Additionally, Stage Manager multitasking is only available on some recent iPad Pro and iPad Air models.



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