Apple has finally announced iOS 17, which brings a lot of improvements and new features to the iPhone operating system. However, not all iPhone models will be able to enjoy the latest update. iOS 17 drops support for iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, which were released in 2017 and have the older A11 Bionic chip. This means that these devices will not receive any new feature updates from Apple after iOS 16.
According to Apple, iOS 17 requires the A12 Bionic chip or later, which is found in the iPhone XS and newer models. The reason for this decision is likely due to the increased performance and functionality demands of iOS 17, which include features like Live Text, Visual Look Up, Focus Mode, and more. Users of iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X will have to upgrade their devices if they want to experience iOS 17 or stick with iOS 16 for as long as possible. However, they should be aware that staying on an outdated version of iOS may expose them to potential security risks and compatibility issues with newer apps and services. Although Apple usually gives more important security updates even after the major update cycle ends, even though you might not be getting major updates you are good for at least a year or two before security updates end.