Starting on October 24, 2022, WhatsApp will no longer support iOS 10 and iOS 11. Those are the findings of WABetaInfo, which were observed by 9to5Mac and WABetaInfo.
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Before you freak out, keep in mind that the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c are the only iPhones that will no longer be able to use WhatsApp. Apple’s messaging app will stop working on iPhones running iOS 11 or earlier unless the user upgrades to iOS 12.
“Update to the latest version of iOS to continue using WhatsApp,” reads a notification for iPhone owners running iOS 10 or iOS 11. After October 24, 2022, WhatsApp will no longer be able to use this version of iOS. The following advice is given: “Please go to Settings > General, then press Software Update to acquire the newest iOS version.”
Despite the fact that the vast majority of iPhones are running iOS 12 or a more recent version, there are still older models that people are reluctant to part with, even if they’ve just had the battery replaced.
Last year, Apple said that more than a billion iPhones were in active use, and that number is likely to have increased. Just 0.5% of all iPhones were in active use in 2019, according to Statista. Even if three-fifths of those customers have moved on in the nearly three years since, such that these phones represent 0.2% of active iPhones currently, that’s still one million phones.
It’s worth noting that Apple stopped supporting the iPhone 5 and 5c quite some time ago, so there are no software or security updates available for them. A regular occurrence is the removal of support for iOS versions in order to give new capabilities that require the faster processors provided by successive iPhone models.
Despite the fact that a million iPhones may be affected by this October’s change, not all of them will be active WhatsApp users, so the total impact will be thankfully limited.