WhatsApp plans to end support for iOS 10 and iOS 11 this fall, reports WABetaInfo, which is increasingly discovering new features and plans in WhatsApp’s code. As of October 24, 2022, the app will no longer work on the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5C. From then on, at least iOS 12 is required.
The iPhone 5 appeared in 2012, and the iPhone 5C followed a year later. People with such an old iPhone who want to continue using WhatsApp will eventually have to switch to a newer device. The iPhone 5 and 5C have already stopped receiving major software updates from Apple and receive only sporadic security updates.
WhatsApp already reports on its website that only iPhones with iOS 12 or older are supported. “If we stop supporting your operating system, you will receive a notification several times and be reminded to upgrade your device.”
The oldest Android version WhatsApp currently supports is version 4.1, which appeared in 2012.
Apple is likely to announce which legacy iPhones support the upcoming iOS version at its annual WWDC developer conference next month. It is expected that the iPhone 6S from 2015 and the first-generation iPhone SE from 2016 will no longer receive an update to iOS 16. The major update is expected this fall.