Will your device support iOS 8 when it launches this fall? If you own one of Apple’s newer phones then yes, otherwise you might be left out in the cold. The company detailed all of the iOS products that will support iOS 8 very quickly during its WWDC 2014 presentation today, and the iPhone 4 didn’t make the cut.
If you own the iPhone 4s, however, you’re still in good shape. The support also carries over to the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5c and of course the iPhone 5s. iOS 8 support goes all the way back to the iPad 2 and also includes the iPad with Retina display, the iPad Air, the iPad mini and the iPad mini with Retina display. Finally, iOS 8 only supports the fifth generation iPod touch.
Hopefully most users have one of the newer devices to take advantage of some of the key new features. We’re most excited about the changes to group messaging, the closer tie-ins with OS X, third-party support for widgets in the notification panel and, at least on the iPhone 5s, the opening up of Touch ID to third-party developers.
iOS 8 launches for developers today and will otherwise be available to consumers this fall, probably around September or when Apple unveils the iPhone 6. Here’s a gallery that shows a lot of the new changes: