Some older Apple iPads, Watches, and Macs do not receive the latest versions of the operating system

Some older Apple iPads, Watches, and Macs do not receive the latest versions of the operating system

Yesterday, Apple announced the next major versions of its various operating systems: phone, tablet, watch and computer. However, support for some older devices has been discontinued. We will cover the iPhone situation In a separate post, here’s what’s happening with the other Apple devices.

Starting with the tablets, iPadOS 18 is coming to most slates that are still supported. However, there are a couple of exceptions. The base 2018 (aka 6th generation) iPad is discontinued, with only 2019 (7th generation) and newer models receiving the update. The 2017 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation) is also ruled out; The oldest large Pro that remains current is from 2018 (3rd generation).

The 2017 10.5” iPad Pro is also discontinued and listed as “1st generation” (this ignores the original 2016 iPad Pro 9.7). The 2018 11” Pro model is also listed as “first generation,” which can be a little confusing. Regardless, this is now the oldest small Pro with continued support for iPadOS.

iPadOS 17 iPadOS 18
iPad 2018 2019
ipad mini 2019 2019
iPad air 2019 2019
12.9″ iPad Pro 2017 2018
10.5″ iPad Pro 2017 disrupted
11″ iPad Pro 2018 2018

Moving on to Apple watches: watchOS 11 will be delivered to Apple Watch Series 6 and subsequently (including Apple Watch SE (2022), also known as second generation). This means that Apple Watch Series 4 and 5, along with the original Watch SE, are no longer supported; the most recent update for them is still watchOS 10.5.

watchOS 10 watchOS 11
apple watch Series 4 Series 6
Apple Watch SE SE 2020 SE 2022
Apple Watch Ultra Ultra Ultra

Next up, Mac and this will be brief. There are almost no changes here and many Intel-powered models move to MacOS Sequoia. The only exception to this is that the 2018 and 2019 MacBook Air models (which used 8th-generation Intel processors) are removed, while the 2020 MacBook Air (the latest with Intel, which uses a 10th-generation CPU) remains. compatible.

macOS Sonoma MacOS Sequoia
iMac 2019 2019
iMac Pro 2017 2017
mac pro 2019 2019
Mac Studio 2022 2022
Macbook Air 2018 2020
mac mini 2018 2018
MacBook Pro 2018 2018

All Apple Silicon Macs will receive Sequoia, of course. And it goes without saying that the new iPad Pros with M4 chip and the new iPad Airs with M2 are getting refreshed (they’re only a month old, after all).

But there’s something to keep in mind: Apple Intelligence is coming to the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max (older, more basic models are not invited), as well as iPads and Macs with the M1 (or later) chip. This means that several iPads and Macs will get iPadOS 18 and macOS Sequoia without Intelligence.

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