Do you have an iPhone 5? It may be time to say goodbye... 6 years ago

Do you have an iPhone 5? It may be time to say goodbye...

Bad news if you're still using one...

The iPhone 5 is a well grizzled veteran at this stage in the smartphone realm with it being introduced to the market way back in September of 2012, with the iPhone 5S following it into the market a year later.

In tech terms, they're dinosaurs and it seems like Apple are of a similar opinion.

Earlier this week, Apple released iOS 10.3 with a host of updates for their devices included in the new software. Less than a day later they released iOS 10.3.2 beta, for testing on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

The latest iOS 10.3.2 beta version issued on Tuesday only contains restore images for 64-bit devices, but no restore images for 32-bit devices like the iPhone 5 and fourth-generation iPad.


"Apple continues its push toward an all 64-bit future and last year began warning iOS 10 users that 32-bit apps might negatively impact system performance.

"More recently, users attempting to open 32-bit software in iOS 10.3 are met with the message, 'This app will not work with future versions of iOS,' a clear indication that legacy apps are on their way out," wrote tech magazine Apple Insider.

While this is not a definitive sign that 32-bit devices are on their way out, it does indicate that Apple will be dropping support for their older hardware - meaning it's not looking good for users of the iPhone 5.

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