End of the line for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C

End of the line for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C


It would appear to be the end of the line for the Apple iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5. Apple will no longer be supporting these two aging iPhone models. In a nutshell, this means that they will not receive the iOS 11 update and nor will they receive security updates, potentially leaving consumer vulnerable to new viruses and malware.


In addition to Apple ending its support for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C, Apple will also end its support for the iPad 4.


For iPhone 5S and above owners, you will still get to benefit from the iOS 11 software update, which should roll out from Autumn this year. These devices will also get crucial security updates.


The new features of iOS 11 explained


Why Apple no longer supports iPhone 5 and 5C


Apple is no longer going to support the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C because these devices have 32-bit processors. Apple stopped making devices with 32-bit processors in 2013. Since then all Apple products have had more powerful 64-bit processors.


iPad 4


A 64-bit processor can handle four billion times as much data, compared to a 32-bit processor, making it quicker to use.


32-bit apps


It is not only the iPhone C, iPhone 5 and iPad 4 that will lose their Apple support, but also apps that have been created for 32-bit processors.


The new version of the App Store will no longer show apps that only run in 32-bit. 32-bit apps will also not be available from the Purchased tab either, if they have previously been downloaded.


The vast majority of apps, and certainly those that have been created since June 2015, should all be available in 64-bit. If you have been opening an 32-bit app since the latter end of 2016, you will have been shown a warning stating that the app may slow down performance.


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