Every year, Apple announces the major updates to its operating systems at WWDC. As expected, we learned about iOS 12, macOS 10.14 Mojave, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 today. But if you're stuck with an older device, you're probably wondering if you're ever going to see these updates, and the answer is...maybe.
Apple started off its presentation with iOS 12, boasting the effort that it's putting into performance for older devices. With that in mind, the company said that the update will be made available for all devices that supported iOS 11. That means that iPhones going back to the iPhone 5s will get it, iPads going back to the iPad Air are supported, and you can get it on the sixth-generation iPod Touch. In other words, all 64-bit iOS devices are still supported.
tvOS support hasn't changed either, which is no surprise. You'll be able to get tvOS 12 on your fourth-gen Apple TV and the Apple TV 4K.
macOS 10.14 Mojave is where the biggest change comes in. You'll be able to get the update on the following Macs:
- MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
- MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
- MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
- Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
- iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
- iMac Pro (2017)
- Mac Pro (Late 2013, plus mid 2010 and mid 2012 models with recommended Metalcapable GPU)
Unfortunately for Mac users, this is a big change from last year. This was last year's list for macOS 10.13 High Sierra:
Late 2009 iMac or newer
Late 2009 MacBook/MacBook (Retina) or newer
Mid-2010 MacBook Pro or newer
Late 2010 MacBook Air or newer
Mid-2010 Mac Mini or newer
Mid-2010 Mac Pro or newer
2017 iMac Pro
Finally, there's some bad news for watchOS users. watchOS 5 will support Apple Watch Series 1, 2, and 3, meaning that the original Watch is no longer supported. This is the first watchOS update to ever end support for existing hardware.