Which devices are eligible for the Apple iOS 8 update?

Apple announced a huge number of improvements and additions to iOS at its Worldwide Developer Conference this week. We highlighted some of the major features that the company is bringing to iOS 8, and we also put together a gallery that shows some of what you can expect from it.

iOS 8 will be available as a free update when it launches later this year, but before then, Apple has released a preview version that users can install on their devices right now. But of the 800 million iOS devices that the company has sold so far, which of them are actually compatible with iOS 8? 

Apple is not supporting its earliest iPhone models with the update, so if you're still holding on to an original iPhone, iPhone 3G, 3GS or 4, you're out of luck. Only the iPhone 4s, 5, 5c and 5s will be able to install iOS 8 officially, as will the fifth-gen iPod Touch. 

The iPad 2, iPad with Retina Display (third- and fourth-gen models), iPad Air, and both iPad mini models will also be compatible with iOS 8, leaving only the original iPad unsupported by this latest update. 

Are you planning to install the iOS 8 beta? Or have you done so already? Or do you intend to wait until the autumn when the final version is ready for release? Let us know your thoughts below! 

Source and images: Apple 

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Just happy that it will be work with my iPad 2. I seriously doubt I will get another iOS device ANY time in the next few years.

I doubt that. No where really sells the 4 now and with the 6 on the way you'll be lucky for find a 4 or 4S is most stores. Plus people who got the 4 when it first came out will have a 4/5 year old phone by the time 6 comes out and will most likely upgrade. There will be some fragmentation but not on the scale of android.

Richard Cousins said,
I doubt that. No where really sells the 4 now and with the 6 on the way you'll be lucky for find a 4 or 4S is most stores. Plus people who got the 4 when it first came out will have a 4/5 year old phone by the time 6 comes out and will most likely upgrade. There will be some fragmentation but not on the scale of android.

It's not just all about current sales. Obviously I can't speak for everyone, but when I travel, bus, etc.. I see a lot of Iphone 4's still in use, so unless all of them decide to upgrade (a lot might who knows) you will start to see quite a bit of fragmentation within iphones.

Richard Cousins said,
I doubt that. No where really sells the 4 now and with the 6 on the way you'll be lucky for find a 4 or 4S is most stores. Plus people who got the 4 when it first came out will have a 4/5 year old phone by the time 6 comes out and will most likely upgrade. There will be some fragmentation but not on the scale of android.

Iphone 4 8gb was still on sale in feb 2014. It was the cheapest iphone you can buy, it has sold crazy numbers of units.

yeah yeah let's release iOS 9 compatible only with iPhone 5/6 and iPod touch 5/6 and so on...
let's not forget how bad iOS7 already runs on iPhone 4S

I think they do this intentionally, so people will be forced to buy a newer model, my iPhone 4 has been slow since 6.1.3, and ios 7 just trashed it.

yes... we all know devices are meant to work (not have faults) for a period of time after which they start having all kinds of "surprising" slow downs and such... the same with the software...

I've found iOS 7 runs alright on my 4S but runs like rap on my girlfriends 4. The worst thing about iOS 7 is the battery life, it utterly sucks.

People are more excited about OS released by Apple than MS. It is good although that Apple is maintaining compatibility with older hardware. MS should learn right things or two from Apple rather than trying to drooling at successful Apple App store.

Auditor said,
People are more excited about OS released by Apple than MS. It is good although that Apple is maintaining compatibility with older hardware. MS should learn right things or two from Apple rather than trying to drooling at successful Apple App store.
What compatibility? Apples supports 2 generations of devices and that it, that's pretty awful in terms of compatibility.

4 generations. Not 2.

iOS 7 supported the iPhone 4, 4s, 5/5c, and 5s.

iOS 8 will support the 4s, 5/5c, 5s, and whatever the new iPhone is.

(as in, iOS 7 supported the A4, A5, A6, and A7)

Compare that to other 2011 smartphones
- iPhone 4s: gets iOS 8, probably updates until just before iOS 9 -> supported for 48 months.
- Samsung Galaxy SII: stuck on Android 4.1.2 from October 2012 -> supported for 17 months.
- Nokia Lumia 800: stuck on Windows Phone 7.8 from January 2013 -> supported for 26 months.

yeah, so keep hating ;-)

Rosyna said,
4 generations. Not 2.

iOS 7 supported the iPhone 4, 4s, 5/5c, and 5s.

iOS 8 will support the 4s, 5/5c, 5s, and whatever the new iPhone is.

(as in, iOS 7 supported the A4, A5, A6, and A7)


No, TWO generations.
My 4th gen white ipod came with iOS 5 stock and can upgrade to iOS 6, that is two generations, not 4.

Dude Rosyna just showed you clear as day they support up to 4 generations of iPhone with their software updates, just because your iPod didn't get the updated doesn't make his statement any less of a fact. Apple support 4 generations of their products. I have a 4S and it will get iOS 8 and that phone is 4 years old.

Auditor said,
People are more excited about OS released by Apple than MS. It is good although that Apple is maintaining compatibility with older hardware. MS should learn right things or two from Apple rather than trying to drooling at successful Apple App store.

Keep in mind that these are feature stripped upgrades on the older models and they run like garbage as it's old hardware trying to do more than it should.

Auditor said,
People are more excited about OS released by Apple than MS. It is good although that Apple is maintaining compatibility with older hardware. MS should learn right things or two from Apple rather than trying to drooling at successful Apple App store.

Yeah I hate that I cant install Windows on anything I own. Oh wait I can.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPnehDhGa14

n_K said,

No, TWO generations.
My 4th gen white ipod came with iOS 5 stock and can upgrade to iOS 6, that is two generations, not 4.

The 4th gen Touch came with iOS 4.1. That's THREE generations. The white one came later on a different release cycle. That device is the only one that isn't supported for FOUR generations.

Shall we discuss how long most Android devices are supported?

Astra.Xtreme said,
The 4th gen Touch came with iOS 4.1. That's THREE generations. The white one came later on a different release cycle. That device is the only one that isn't supported for FOUR generations.

Shall we discuss how long most Android devices are supported?


I'd rather not. I have a Galaxy SII... Let me tell you about support. :(

NO update from iOS 7. Last time I had to wait for several months for jailbreak. Not gonna happen ever again.

anothercookie said,
They had iOS 7 jailbroken pretty fast from what I remember. I think it was 6 they had trouble with.

I think it took 5 months to jailbreak iOS 6 and 3 months to jailbreak iOS 7.

I'm just curious what tweaks people are wanting, iOS 8 is looking pretty good.

So Apple is going the cheap route in the testing department by getting the customers rooted in. I, too, will willfully and shamelessly provide free QA time as I have done before for Microsoft and Google. #bleedingEdge

i'm impressed with the inclusion of iPad 2, i guess it's because people don't upgrade iPads as often, but i wonder how well it'd run iOS 8. doesn't it have similar specs to iPhone 4?

Arpit said,
i'm impressed with the inclusion of iPad 2, i guess it's because people don't upgrade iPads as often, but i wonder how well it'd run iOS 8. doesn't it have similar specs to iPhone 4?

No because iPhone 4 came out in 2010 with A4 SoC and iPad 2 came out in 2011 with A5 SoC.

They sold the iPad 2 as a low end alternative to the retina iPad/iPad Air up until only a few months ago so it would be difficult for them to pull support for something that has been available so recently.

There's even an 8GB variant of the iPhone 4S still on sale.

Honestly I wouldn't be surprised to see both of those devices get a subset of iOS 9 next year as all then finally lose support the year after.

I wouldn't dare running it on a 4S or iPad 2. iOS 7 was not very responsive on the 4, so I would expect the same thing to happen on the 4S with 8. I think they make you upgrade the OS on the older model phones so you say "wow, this phone is really slow, I need to go buy the new model"

I think it's more likely that it is just more demanding on the hardware than the previous version. Point releases of 7 have supposedly optimised it on the older iPhone 4.

I personally find 7 runs very smoothly on my 4S and always has. I don't expect 8 to change that much since it seems to be a much more minor release than 7 but it will soon become apparent if that's true or not. Oddly iOS 7 on my iPad 2 doesn't feel as snappy, despite the higher spec - though that may be an illusion.

The answer to this question can easily be found on the Apple website.

I think a more important question is:
What Macs are eligible for Mac OS X 10.10 'Yosemite'?

iPhone 4 looks old and thick nowadays. Upgrade to a 5.

68k said,
What Macs are eligible for Mac OS X 10.10 'Yosemite'?

Every mac that could run 10.9, every mac that could run 10.8 (so every Mac that has 64-bit EFI and requires no 32-bit drivers).

FidgetyMo said,
I still have 3gs :-]

Same, I still have my iPhone 3G, I use it for work. My personal on the other hand is Lumia 1020.

Devel0per95 said,
Then try project bl4ck0ut :)

Thanks but I'm done rooting. It's a hit and miss for me and at one point it f*cked up my iPhone. My iPhone 3G is purely for work (since it has my office/clients' contact numbers) so the amount of time I spend with the device is rather short. Pretty much contented with my Lumia 1020 and I ain't turning my back anymore with WP OS :)