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Leak claims iPadOS 18 will drop support for some iPad models

Some iPadOS 17 users may not get the update.

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Apple is likely gearing up to launch the most ambitious update to its mobile operating system, the iOS 18, and its tablet operating system, the iPadOS 182, at the coming WWDC 2024.

While we already have a list of compatible devices for these updates, a recent rumor has reignited the expectation that the iOS 18 will be compatible with the same devices as the iOS 17

On the other hand, Apple is dropping the support for a few old-generation tablets with the iPadOS 18.

The report comes from 9to5Mac, and according to the outlet, this is a more concrete rumor.

Although we were skeptical after last month’s initial iOS 18 compatibility rumor, the outlet received this rumor from a private social media account with a strong track record. It delivers a complete list of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 compatible devices.

iOS 18 compatibility list

iPhone lock screen with picture of a sunset at the beach.
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  • iPhone 15
  • iPhone 15 Plus
  • iPhone 15 Pro
  • iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone SE (3rd generation)

In case, you are keeping track, these are the same iPhone models compatible with last year’s iOS 17 – no more and no less.

iPads that won’t get iPadOS 18

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While everything’s good and jolly with the iOS 18 compatibility list, Apple is dropping the support for the following iPads with the iPadOS 18.

  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro (10.5-inch)

So, besides these three iPad models, the rest of the iPad models in Apple’s lineup will be compatible with the upcoming iPadOS 18, which includes all the iPad, iPad Mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pro models from 2019 or later. 

However, what we find interesting is that Apple is dropping support for the iPad Pro (10.5-inch) and iPad Pro (12.9-inch) (2nd generation) – the same A10X Fusion processor powers both.

But the iPad (7th generation), powered by an older A10 Fusion processor made the list and will get the iPadOS 18 update. 

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Saurav loves writing and tech. So, after engineering, he didn't look back and embarked on a journey to become a tech writer. Saurav has worked for various tech websites across the globe. Saurav has recently joined Know Techie and is proud to be a part of it.

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