WhatsApp has announced that it will stop operating on some outdated iPhones in a new support update. The firm that makes the instant messaging software has announced that it would stop supporting iOS 10 and iOS 11 devices later this year.
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp has begun notifying iPhone users running iOS 10 or iOS 11 that they must update their devices in order to continue using WhatsApp beyond October 24.
"After October 24, 2022, WhatsApp will no longer support this version of iOS. To get the newest iOS version, navigate to Settings > General > Software Update," the warning notice says.
Only a small percentage of iPhones are still running iOS 10 or iOS 11. The iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c are the only two smartphones in the series. You won't be able to use WhatsApp on your iPhone after October 24 if you have one of these older iPhones.
WhatsApp will continue to operate for iPhone 5s and iPhone 6 users for the time being, and they will be alerted if their iPhones stop supporting the Meta-owned instant messaging programme.
WhatsApp already states on its Help Center website that iPhone users must be running iOS 12 or later to continue using the service. WhatsApp requires Android 4.1 or newer for Android users.
Apple is anticipated to unveil iOS 16 at WWDC 2022 next month, and it will be released later this year, probably around the time the iPhone 14 series is released. According to a recent source, iOS 16 will have new methods to interact with the system as well as some "fresh Apple apps."