Apple officially announced iOS 8 today with a ton of new features, including HealthKit, better notifications and improved iMessages. Many users can look forward to the update coming at some point this fall, but iPhone 4 users will be left behind.
Apple didn’t mention which devices would be compatible with iOS 8 during the keynote, but they left a quick note about it toward the bottom of the iOS 8 press release, mentioning that the iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPod touch 5th generation, iPad 2, iPad with Retina display, iPad Air, iPad mini and iPad mini with Retina display would all be eligible to receive the iOS 8 update.
Unfortunately, the iPhone 4 is left out of that list, and we’re frankly surprised to see the iPad 2 getting support for the new version of iOS.
It’s been rumored that the iPhone 4 wouldn’t support iOS 8, and we’re really not surprised that it turned out to be true. While it feels like the iPhone 4 was just announced yesterday, it is an aging device that’s pretty much on its death bed.
Apple’s tradition of dropping support for older devices and discontinuing iOS updates is nothing new. We saw the same thing happen for the iPhone 3GS not supporting iOS 7, so we’re not surprised the next device in line is getting the same ax with iOS 8.