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Apple’s Upcoming iOS Update Leave the iPhone 5 Behind

Apple’s forthcoming release of iOS 10.3.2 will officially leave behind 32-bit devices such as the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5c.

It’s a sad day for those amongst us who rely on a cost-effective, elder iPhone to get the job done. While Apple has yet to make the announcement official, iOS 10.3.2 will officially leave the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 behind.

The move comes amidst the fact that iOS 10.3.2 will not arrive on elder 32-bit devices, and will arrive exclusively on 64-bit devices such as the iPhone 5s or higher.

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The advent is the first occasion in which Apple has ceased support for an iPhone in the midst of an OS cycle, meaning that consumers using the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5c won’t benefit from a number of bug fixes.

Among those bug fixes, Apple is expected to patch a bug pertaining to third party VPN apps as well as introduce new SiriKit car commands.

It is estimated that over 43.7 million iPhone users rely on an iPhone 5 or iPhone 5c, given that both models hold a share of 3.77% and 2.34% of 715 million active iPhones as of December 2016, respectively.

The news will not only affect those users, but anyone else seeking an affordable entry into the realm of Apple’s mobile vision. The heir presumptive, so to speak, will likely stand as either the iPhone 5s or iPhone SE.

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What are your thoughts on the news that Apple will kill device support in the middle of iOS 10’s shelf-life? Would this change your plans to purchase either an elder iPhone 5 or iPhone 5c? Be sure to let us know your opinion in the comments below!

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