Apple services such as Arcade, Apple Music, Fitness+, or Apple TV+ may stop working on some iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch models if users don't update to the latest version of the operating system.
An anonymous leaker named StellaFudge, who previously revealed credible information about some of the brand's products ahead of their launch, claims that in early May the company will begin disabling its services on those iPhones and iPads that are still running iOS 11. Also on computers Mac with macOS High Sierra, on Apple Watch with watchOS 4, and on Apple TV with tvOS 11.
Therefore, those users who still have a device with the aforementioned versions will not be able to access Apple Music, Apple TV+, Arcade, Fitness+, Podcast, and Apple Books. The only service that will remain active is iCloud, the leak claims.
Only 19% of active iPhones run versions below iOS 16
Thankfully, any Apple device running iOS 11 can be updated to iOS 12, where services will remain active. The same happens with the respective versions of macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. The firm can also send a notification to those users who are still using iOS 11 to update if they don't want to lose access to different platforms.
In any case, according to Apple itself, only 19% of active devices work with versions older than iOS 16. Of this number, 15% work with iOS 15 and only 4% with earlier versions. So the number of people who have an iPhone with iOS 11 should be very small.
Apple won't update certain iPhone models to iOS 17
The news of the suspension of Apple services on these older iPhone models, which has not yet been confirmed by the company, comes after rumors that some popular iPhone models will not be updated to iOS 17. This is the full list.
iPhone 8 Plus
fifth generation iPad
iPad Pro 1st generation 9.7-inch
iPad Pro 12.9" first generation.