This week, at Apple's annual WWDC conference, several exciting announcements have been made. Yesterday, we shared five of the most surprising announcements we've heard so far. Click here if you missed our roundup.
But not all of the news from WWDC 2016 has been good. In fact, if you own an older iPhone or iPad, your phone will become outdated really soon.
Owners of iPhone 4s, which was released in 2011, will no longer receive updates for the operating system on their device. This also applies to owners of the iPad 2 and 3, the iPad Mini and the fifth-generation iPod Touch.
The good news is that owners of these devices actually received updates for a much longer period than Apple originally intended. Because the devices use Apple's A5 chip, they weren't expected to be compatible with iOS 9. The fact that they were came as a big surprise. However, iOS 10 is proving to be too advanced for this older hardware.
Owners of the iPhone 4s may not find this news as a complete shock. This older version of the iPhone was discontinued a few years ago. However, that's not the case when it comes to the iPad Mini, which was originally released in 2012 but was being sold up until March of last year.
According to research conducted by MixPanel, approximately 3.41 percent of iPhone users have the iPhone 4s and will therefore be impacted by this change. The numbers jump dramatically when it comes to the iPad Mini, where 15.9 percent will be impacted. Plus, the 20.5 percent of iPad owners that still use iPad 2 and iPad 3.
Why does this matter? Well, the regular updates to your operating system are constantly fixing security flaws and improving the overall functionality of your device. Without these updates, your device could easily become vulnerable to things like malware as hackers begin looking for new ways to target victims.
What do you think? If you own one of these devices, does this make you concerned? Let us know in the comments.