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iOS 14: rumours, launch date, iPhone and iPod compatibility

Update is expected to support most devices running iOS 13

The rumour mill has gone into overdrive with speculation about Apple’s upcoming new version of its iPhone operating system.

Citing a source from the US tech company, Paris-based blog iPhonesoft.fr reports that Apple is expected to unveil iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in California in June.

Insiders say that iOS 14 will be compatible with all iPhone devices running iOS 13. However, the OS will “not be offered for download on iPhones that iOS 13 has abandoned, namely the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6”, according to the blog.

Tech Radar reports that iOS 14 will “probably launch in late 2020”, alongside the new iPhone 12. The update should give old iPhones a “new lease of life”, adds The Sun.  

iOS 14: which devices will be compatible?

The Apple source who spoke to iPhonesoft.fr says the following devices will be compatible with iOS 14:

  • iPhone 12 (5G) 
  • iPhone 12 Pro 
  • iPhone 11 Pro  
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max  
  • iPhone 11  
  • iPhone XS  
  • iPhone XS Max  
  • iPhone XR  
  • iPhone X  
  • iPhone 8  
  • iPhone 8 Plus  
  • iPhone 7  
  • iPhone 7 Plus  
  • iPhone 6s  
  • iPhone 6s Plus  
  • iPhone SE  
  • iPod touch (7th gen) 
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro  
  • 11-inch iPad Pro  
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro 
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro  
  • iPad (7th generation)  
  • iPad (6th generation)  
  • iPad (5th generation)  
  • iPad mini (5th generation)  
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)

The iPhone 12 will be delivered with the new system installed. However,  iPad owners “aren’t as lucky”, as the new OS will no longer support the iPad mini 4 or iPad Air 2, says tech news site GBR

When is WWDC?

WWDC, Apple’s week-long Worldwide Developer Conference, always takes place in June. Macworld.com says the upcoming event is expected to showcase the latest updates on iOS and iPadOS 14, tvOS 14, watchOS 7, and macOS 10.16.

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