With Apple’s WWDC 2018 kicking off, the keynote brought three major software announcements that cover a large range of Apple’s key hardware products. For Apple iPhone and Apple iPad devices, the latest software is iOS 12, Apple Watch devices will get WatchOS 5, while Apple laptops and desktop computers are in line for MacOS 10.14 Mojave.
But as is usually the case, new software comes with its own hardware and performance requirements. This can mean that your older devices may no longer have the hardware capability to update to the latest software version. However, Apple has released the list of devices that will receive updates for its three major software roll-outs as announced at WWDC.
iOS 12 is Apple’s latest software version for its smartphone and tablet range, and a large number of its existing devices, including some of the older devices, are set to receive the latest software. In this regard, the good news is that every device that is compatible with iOS 11 will also be compatible with iOS 12, showing that the new software doesn’t have any additional hardware demands. Paid Apple developers will get the developer beta now, the public beta will roll out on June 26, while the final version will be out in September some time.
Interestingly, the oldest devices on the list set to receive the update are the Apple iPhone 5S and iPad Mini 2, which were launched nearly five years ago in late 2013. The full list of devices:
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6S Plus
iPhone 6 Plus
12.9-inch iPad Pro
10.5-inch iPad Pro
9.7-inch iPad Pro
iPad (5th Gen)
iPad Air 2
iPad Mini 4
iPad Mini 3
iPad Mini 2
The latest version of Apple’s software for its smartwatch range will roll out in September for compatible devices. The only device not on the list is the original Apple Watch range, which was released in 2015. The Apple Watch Series 1 (launched in 2016) and all later devices are compatible with WatchOS 5. However, you do need an iPhone 5S or later with iOS 12 to be able to download and install WatchOS 5.
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MacOS 10.14 Mojave
The list of Mac devices that won’t receive the MacOS 10.14 Mojave update is the most aggressive reduction this year, among the three software updates announced. Only later versions of various Mac and Macbook devices will get the new software. Availability for the public will be later this year, and a key update is dark mode. The list is as follows:
Macbook (early-2015 or later)
Macbook Air (mid-2012 or newer)
Mac Mini (late-2012 or newer)
Macbook Pro (mid-2012 or newer)
iMac (late-2012 or newer)
iMac Pro (2017)
Mac Pro (late-2013, mid-2010 or mid-2012, depending on GPU)