iPhone owners are being urged to update their devices to the latest version of iOS—or risk losing some of the device's most important features.
According to Apple insiders, the tech giant is set to drop support for devices that still use old versions of iOS when it releases iOS 17 later this year.
This includes any iPhones still using iOS 11 to iOS 11.2.6. They'll no longer be able to use critical software including Maps, Siri, the App Store, and more.
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Devices including the iPhone 7 could be affected by the change if you've never updated your system software.
But considering that the iPhone 7 came out in 2016, maybe you deserve to lose access to your apps if you haven't managed to install a single update since then.
The change was reported by Apple insider @StellaFudge, but it has not been verified by Apple.
In a tweet, she said: "As of early May, access to Apple services, with the exception of iCloud, will stop working on devices running: iOS 11-11.2.6[…] you'll likely receive notification prompting you to update.
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If you don't receive a notification telling you to update your iPhone, you can easily update the system software yourself using your device's Settings app.
Just head to the iPhone's Home Screen then tap the Settings app icon, and go to General > Software Update.
Follow the instructions on-screen to update your iPhone—just make sure you've plugged in your charger and connected to Wi-Fi.
It's worth noting that the iPhone 7 doesn't support the latest version of iOS 16, but it is possible to update it to iOS 15, so you'll at least benefit from some new security features and updates.
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