Which iPhone and iPad models will get iOS 8? Apple posts iOS 8 release details

There are many things that Apple is really good at. One of them is to support is mobile devices with fresh software builds years after they've been released. Today's launch of iOS 8 reinforces this statement even further – the platform will be rolled out to all iPhone models from the iPhone 4s onward. Mind you, the iPhone 4s was launched in October of 2011. Three years after its commercial launch, it will be running the latest iOS software from Apple. Similar is the case with Apple's iPad lineup. Even the iPad 2, which saw its market release in March of 2011, will get the iOS 8 update. 

So yeah, if you own one of these: iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, or an iPhone 4s, then rest assured that your gadget will be rocking iOS 8 this fall. Tablets bound to get the OS include the iPad Air, the two variants of iPad with Retina Display, the iPad 2, the iPad mini 2, and the iPad mini. Also, iOS 8 will land on the 5-th generation iPod touch.

One thing has to be highlighted, however. Older iPhone and iPad models might not get the entire feature set of iOS 8. This is just a guess that we're making, based on the fact that when iOS 7 came out, the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 missed out on some features, including AirDrop and the Siri updates.

source: Apple



1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Pretty good. That's one of the good things about Apple, they still release updates for 2-3+ year old devices. You'll be lucky to receive an update if you have another mobile OS.

4. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

possibly windows phone but not on android thats for sure

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7187; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I noticed that all the devices have a dual core processor in them. This makes sense because it requires more CPU. At first I thought it had to do with having more memory, but the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 only have 512mb of ram. I think this update will be the last for the iPhone 4s and iPad 2 and itouch 5 gen.

18. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

there is terrible ram management for iPhone 4 running iOS 7 I'm pretty sure its more a ram problem than cpu although both are a problem b/c as far as i know there haven't been any iPhones more than a dual core

7. ama3654

Posts: 295; Member since: Nov 27, 2012

Enjoy iOS 8 Gingerbread on latest and future iOS devices.

14. Tom_Gjeka

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

I used to be gingerbread user and i find this offensive xD

24. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Lmao. Using outdated features few years ago.

11. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

When apple is done striping all the functionality that are not supported by the older phones, all they'll be running is the ios 8 theme. Lets not fool our selves all apple is doing is the semblance of upgrading older devices without actually doing so. It is all about about what is perceived and not what actually is.

12. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Would you rather get an update with missing features or no updates at all? You'll give the correct answer. I have faith in you :)

17. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

I'd rather get no update than get an update that cripples my phone with lag and bugs. Apple forces updates on phones that would work better without the update and has done so for a long time. This is to force people to upgrade their phone hardware. Basically Apple manages iOS like Microsoft manages Windows. It only works well on the latest hardware.

21. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, but windows only works well on newer hardware because it is horribly designed and complicated. iOS fails to work on older hardware because Apple pretty much writes it for that purpose. It wouldn't be so bloody obvious if it didn't happen like clockwork for every new iOS release doing the exact same crippling on release. Unless the quality control guys were busy wanking it when it came to the testing of the older hardware.

22. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Actually, Windows runs well only on new hardware due to some very specialized "hardware equalization" timing routines built into the kernel of Windows. It is basically system-wide lag that is introduced so that things run at normal speed on brand new hardware and super slow on older hardware. All part of the Wintel upgrade treadmill. Both companies depend on an upgrade treadmill for continued profits. So both companies have built in mechanisms for making sure this treadmill works well.

23. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Exactly. Also dont confuse me with half an update. If I have to get new hardware, so be it.

25. Izoe

Posts: 149; Member since: Sep 02, 2010

I would rather not upgrade, that is why I did not update my ipad 2 if you must know

28. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

You will stay with your old downloaded versions of apps in a better scenario. Because in reality devs will update to new os and you will find nothing in appstore. BUT think at India scenario: they sold Iphone 4 (resurected) to compete with Android. Hipocrisy?

29. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014


27. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

My 2011 Note 1 has multi-window function... Two windows on 1 phone and both screens are as big as the iphone screen. So please don't criticize other mobile OS's, You'll be comparing Apples to Oranges. Or in another way of putting it "little updates to big updates". O.o

2. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

IPad 2 still be getting the iOS 8..good job apple!

20. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

but most likely with only half the features...

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Start saying Goodbye to the iPhone 4s, the iPad 2 because IOS 8 will be laggy on these devices, just like the IOS 7 on the iPhone 4.

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Most likely, planned that way.

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

An excellent point. Most likely iOS 8 will only work well on the A7-based devices, i.e. iPad Air, iPad mini retina, and iPhone 5S. It will lag and cause problems for older devices, to help encourage customers to upgrade to newer devices.

15. Tom_Gjeka

Posts: 10; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

It will lag due to new features xD the iOS is fluid because it has less , a lot less features than android

5. Harb98.com

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 12, 2013

This shows that ipad 2 was successful, but newer ipads are not. That's why they keep updating it.

8. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

I'm all for Android but I'm impressed by Apples efforts today! I love the 3rd party integration and the support Apple is giving for their phones! Even though I own an Android device, I'm excited for iOS 8 and Yotemite

10. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

I'd like to see what options each model will be getting. My friends iPhone4 didn't get the 3D wallpaper option when he updated to iOS7.

13. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Awesome, can't wait to get it on my iPad 4 :D

19. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

oh so third party keyboard, widget, group message with voice, maps and few things else are considered new features ? hmmm .... =DDDDDD

26. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Well, I don't see why anyone would want iOS 8 on the iPhone 4s, iPad 2 and iPad with Retina Display, as iOS 7 already lags a hell lot on them. With all those "new" features, I don't think iOS 8 will even be able to boot.

30. Cicero

Posts: 1115; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

And so I will put my 4 near 3GS and original iPhone to colect dust.

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