iOS 8 Compatibility Guide: Will Your Device Get the Update?

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) announced the launch of its latest mobile operating system, the iOS 8, at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco yesterday. Along with iOS 8, the company also announced the Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite operating system, the new Swift programming language as well as a couple of other important announcements.

The new iOS 8 comes with several never seen before features such as the QuickType predictive text, interactive notification menu, native photo editing tools and better integration with OS X for Macs. Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Quick Type feature is basically the equivalent of Android SwiftKey. This feature makes it easier to type faster than the traditional method.

While the news of iOS 8 is exciting, keep in mind the new operating system will not be compatible with all iOS devices. As you might have guessed, older iOS devices will not be getting this iOS 8 update. Firstly, let’s take a look at devices that are compatible with iOS 8.

Devices compatible with iOS 8 are:

  • iPhone 4S
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 5C
  • iPod Touch fifth generation
  • iPad 2
  • iPad with Retina Display
  • iPad Air
  • iPad Mini
  • iPad Mini with Retina Display

However,  Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s new iOS 8 will not be compatible with a number of older devices.

Devices that are not compatible with iOS 8 are:

  • iPhone 4 and other older iPhone models
  • iPod Touch fourth generation and older models
  • Original iPad

Aside from the much-needed and very useful Quick Type feature, the new OS also brings Spotlight search suggestions, built-in health tools and faster access to your recent contacts with a double tap on the Home key. Tapping on a contact from there will provide you with several options like call, text and Face Time audio and video calls.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) didn’t exactly point out the date when iOS 8 will be available to consumers, but you’ll need to wait at least until the fall. Developers will be able to get their hands on a beta version of iOS 8 starting today.

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Saqib Khan
Saqib is a technology writer, contributing news and how-to's. He thinks tech all the time, even when dreaming. Besides writing on ValueWalk, he also writes on Technostarry. You can reach him via Twitter.

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