As Apple’s annual conference for developers, WWDC, approaches, rumors about future major updates to iOS and iPadOS are swirling around. The latest rumor concerns which iPad models will not be compatible with iPadOS 17. According to a tweet from a Twitter account, the fifth generation iPad and the two first generation iPad Pro models will not be entitled to the new update. This tweet was later confirmed by iPhonesoft. They obtained the list of iPads that will not receive iPadOS 17 from an internal source at Apple.
Apple may declare these two iPads obsolete with the release of iPadOS 17
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Apple released the fifth generation iPad in 2017 and unveiled the first generation iPad Pro models in 2015. It’s not surprising that these models won’t receive the update. Other older iPad models may remain compatible with iPadOS 17. However, they may miss out on some new features.
The new update isn’t revolutionary, but it could still cause a buzz. If Apple is forced to allow sideloading, users could install applications without going through the App Store. Apple opposes that. However, with new European regulations, Apple may have no choice but to comply with this practice.
We have yet to determine the new features of iPadOS 17 and how users will receive them. Some older iPad models won’t be compatible, and some may not receive all new features.
Apple is discontinuing support for older iPad models to encourage users to upgrade to newer devices. This is a common strategy among tech companies. Newer devices often come with more advanced features and better performance. However, it can be frustrating for users. They may not want to spend money on a new device just to receive the latest software updates. It can also contribute to the growing issue of electronic waste. People often discard or recycle older devices when the manufacturer no longer supports them. Companies must consider the environmental impact of their products. They should encourage sustainable practices among consumers as technology advances rapidly.