Will your old iPhone or iPad be able to run iOS 7?
The new operating system comes out 18 September, this Wednesday. It will be free to download, and you'll be able to install it via Wi-Fi or by connecting to a computer. There's no reason not to upgrade — unless your device can't run iOS 7, of course.
Note, however, that when Apple says your device will be able to run iOS 7, that doesn't necessarily mean that every feature of the new operating system will be enabled. Several of the new camera features, for example, are only available on newer iOS devices, and AirDrop won't work on some older iPhones and iPads.
Here is the complete list of Apple devices that can run iOS 7, with any features that are disabled noted in brackets:
- iPhone 5S
- iPhone 5C
- iPhone 5
- iPhone 4S (no camera filters or AirDrop)
- iPhone 4 (no camera filters, panoramic photos, AirDrop, or Siri)
- Fourth-generation iPad
- Third-generation iPad (no camera filters, panoramic photos, or AirDrop)
- iPad 2 (no camera filters, panoramic photos, square photos and videos, or Siri)
- iPad mini
- Fifth-generation iPod touch.
In other words, iOS 7 will not be available on iPhone 3GS or older models of the iPhone. And in the iPad line, only the original iPad will not be able to run iOS 7.
At this moment in time, only developers can download iOS 7 because it's still in beta, but we'll update the instructions on that article when Apple releases the official public version on Wednesday.
For more on the new operating system, take a look at iOS 7: 5 overlooked new features Apple is introducing. You might also want to check out Before and after: What's changed with iOS 7, and our quick look at iOS 7 video here.