A recent update from Apple suggests that the instant messaging platform WhatsApp will no longer work on some older iPhones. This comes before Apple’s upcoming launch event, where the new iPhone 14 lineup will be shown off.
One of WABetaInfo’s earlier sources said that the messaging app will stop working on iOS 10 and iOS 11 devices after October 24. This was reported by Mashable India. Some reports say that WhatsApp has already started telling iPhone users who are using versions of the app for iOS 10 or iOS 11 that support will end soon. In this situation, people who want to keep using the messaging app will have to upgrade their iPhones.
In the past, WhatsApp said on its Help Center website that iPhone users would need iOS 12 or a newer version to keep using the service.
Since iOS 10 and iOS 11 are old versions of the operating system and most Apple phones may already have the latest update, you should update your iPhone if you haven’t already.
Notably, both versions of software are not used on iPhones very often. According to Mashable India, only the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5c will be affected by this change.
Apple is getting ready for its September 7 launch event in Cupertino, where four phones—the iPhone 14, the iPhone 14 Max, the iPhone 14 Pro, and the iPhone 14 Pro Max—are expected to be shown off.
Also, the new A16 chipset, which will only be in the Pro versions and the new smartwatches, will be interesting to see. Mashable India said that users of Android devices who want to keep using the instant messaging software need Android 4.1 or a later version.