Own an iPhone? Here is a MASSIVE warning for you! Is yours on list?

Some crucial features on your iPhone will likely stop working soon. Is your Apple iPhone in the list?

| Updated on: Apr 06 2023, 11:15 IST
Sports live to screen recording, here is what iOS 16.5 first public beta focuses on
iOS 16
1/5 iOS 16.4 update has been released for the iPhone users, and now Apple has started focusing on the next update- iOS 16.5. The company has even rolled out the first public beta of iOS 16.5 for testers. "Apple today (March 30) seeded the first betas of upcoming iOS 16.5 and iPadOS 16.5 updates to public beta testers, allowing non-developers to test out the software head of its official launch. The public betas come two days after Apple provided the betas to developers," a report by MacRumors stated. (Pixabay)
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2/5 In order to test the iOS 16.5 update, people who have signed up for Apple's free beta testing program can go to the Settings of their phone. Then click on General, select Software Update. Meanwhile, here is what the iOS 16.5 will bring to your iPhone. (HT Tech)
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3/5 My Sports tab in Apple News: It seems like with iOS 16.5 Beta 1, a new Sports tab can be found at the bottom of the screen which will let users keep up to date with the news and performance of their preferred sports teams. (Unsplash)
iOS 16.5
4/5 Screen recording by Siri: According to 9to5Mac, this update is expected to allow Siri to start screen recording without any manual intervention. All you need to do is simply say "Hey Siri, start screen recording", and it will start capturing what's on your screen. (Unsplash)
iOS 16
5/5 Sports multi-view on Apple TV: The iOS 16.5 Beta 1 can allow users to stream up to four different sports simultaneously, giving users an opportunity to catch all the action live. (Unsplash)
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You must update your iPhone to continue using Apple services like Siri, Apple Maps and even the App Store . (Unsplash)

For iPhone users, the environment keeps changing, mostly for the better, but in this case, it might be for worse. Apple recently released its highly anticipated iOS 16.4 update which brought several new features to iPhones. Apple regularly releases updates to enhance the user experience by fixing bugs, improving features and making refinements. However, as newer updates are rolled out, Apple stops supporting iOS on older iPhones, forcing users to either update their smartphones or buy a new one.

Now, an insider has revealed information that most of the Apple services will stop working on some older iPhones soon. According to Twitter user @StellaFudge, all Apple services will stop working on iPhones using iOS 11 through iOS 11.2.6. The services that will stop include Siri, Apple Maps and even the App Store itself. This means users with iPhones on the aforementioned firmware won't be able to even install apps on their devices.

According to the report, the change will come sometime in May, meaning users still have another month to either update their devices or upgrade to newer iPhones. Only Apple service that will still be available to users is iCloud. Apple dropped support for iOS 11 this year and this change could be an effect of that.

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What can iPhone users do?

Although most iPhone users can simply update their iPhones to higher firmwares, users having iPhone 5 and older models will have no option but to upgrade to newer devices. The reason behind this is that Apple supports iPhones for a period of almost 5 years, but as the older chipsets get obsolete, they are incapable of running the latest iOS version. It also leaves them susceptible to hacking as the security features can get compromised.

Other affected devices

It's not just iPhones that will be affected. The report also revealed that Apple will stop support for other devices too. The devices using software mentioned below may get affected.

1. MacOS 10.13 to 10.13.3

2. WatchOS 4 to 4.2.3

3. TvOS 11 to 11.2.6

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First Published Date: 06 Apr, 10:50 IST
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