Update your old devices to avoid losing access to Apple services in May

Update your Apple devices to a newer software version to continue using the App Store, Maps, Apple TV+ and other services beginning next month.

Tim Cook standing in front of a March 2019 event slide, reading "Hardware. Software. Services."
Apple services will stop working on old OS versions in May | Image: Apple
  • What’s happening? Apple’s services, except iCloud, will stop working on older iOS, macOS, watchOS and tvOS versions starting in early May.
  • Why care? If your devices run iOS 11, tvOS 11, macOS High Sierra 10.13 and watchOS 4, you will be cut off unless you take action.
  • What to do? Update to a newer software version.

Apple services on older OS versions to stop working in May

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Leaker @StellaFudge noted on Twitter that starting in early May, Apple services will stop working on devices powered by the following software versions:

  • iOS 11 through iOS 11.2.6
  • macOS 10.13 through macOS 10.13.3
  • watchOS 4 through watchOS 4.2.3
  • tvOS 11 through tvOS 11.2.6

As MacRumors notes, @StellaFudge is a source with a proven track record.

These findings are backed by Apple itself.

What percentage of people are on older OS versions?

Apple’s support document acknowledges that many services, except for iCloud, will stop working on older OS versions. “Some older software versions will no longer support Apple Services like the App Store, Siri and Maps,” it reads. “Update your software to the latest available version to continue using these services.”

The company says folks on older OS versions may receive a push notification warning them that their software version will no longer support Apple services.

Apple's chart showing iOS 16 adoption, with 72% of all active iPhones on iOS 16, 20% on iOS 15 and 8% on earlier versions
Eight percent of iPhones are on iOS 14 or older | Image: Apple

Apple offers many services, and the source claims that all services will be affected on older devices without saying why. It could be a security move on Apple’s part because forcing people to abandon older OS versions is one way to ensure everyone has the latest security protections.

Be that as it may, the move shouldn’t affect a large proportion of Apple’s user base. According to Apple’s statistics, less than eight percent of iPhones used in the wild were running iOS 14 or older as of February 2023.