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New Apple Operating System Won’t Work on Older iPhones and iPads

New Apple Operating System Won’t Work on Older iPhones and IPads

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En español | Apple’s new iOS 11 operating system for iPhones and iPads, to be released in the fall, includes a lot of useful innovations, such as the ability to drag and drop files onto apps on the iPad and an iPhone keyboard that moves closer to your thumb if you’re typing one-handed.

But consumers who are using older devices will be dismayed to discover that the operating system isn’t compatible with their models.

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On its website, Apple notes that iOS 11 won’t run on phones older than the iPhone 5, which was released in late 2012. And it’s not compatible with iPads older than the recently released iPad 5th Generation, though it will work with the iPad Pro, released in 2015, and the iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 models, released in 2014. It also will run only on the iPod Touch 6th Generation, which came out in 2015.

The new operating system won’t work on older phones and iPads because it requires a more powerful 64-bit processor, instead of the 32-bit chips that the older devices have. While older devices will continue to run, they’ll have to stick with Apple’s iOS 10 operating system, which was last updated in May, according to Apple’s website.

Additionally, users who haven’t updated their old 32-bit versions of popular apps will find that after they install the new operating system, those apps won’t work anymore, the technology website reports.

Versions of those apps that are compatible with the new operating system may be available in Apple’s App Store.

Apple’s press contacts and media line didn’t respond to calls requesting comment.