iOS 8 compatibility guide: Can I upgrade?

Apple has announced that iOS 8 will be available to the public on 17 September, but not every iPhone, iPad and iPod touch will be compatible with the new software - here’s what you need to know.

iPhone and iPod touch

iOS 8 is compatible with every iPhone from the three-year-old 4s onwards, including the iPhone 5, 5s, 5c, and of course both models of the new iPhone 6, which will be sold with iOS 8 pre-installed.

As for the iPod touch, only the fifth generation model released in October 2012 will work with iOS 8.

Some features of iOS might not be available to older models of iPhone - such as the 4S and 5 - but Apple hasn’t yet explained fully what these limitations will entail.


The iPad 2, 3, 4 and Air will all be compatible with iOS 8, meaning just the original Apple tablet misses out - not a bad effort, given that even the second-generation tab is 3.5 years old now. Again, we expect some features of iOS 8 to be unavailable to older models of iPad, like the 2 and 3, but we’ll have more information in due course.

iPad mini

Finally, both models of the iPad mini are eligible to update from iOS 7 to iOS 8. We expect the iPAd mini 2 to offer all the same features as the iPad Air since it’s essentially the same device in a smaller body - but as for the original mini, we imagine some iOS 8 features will be missing in action.

You can download iOS 8 from Apple on DATE, but as with all major iOS updates, expect the server to be very busy; it’s often quicker to try again the morning after if your download doesn’t start right away.


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