List of “dangerous” iPhones – check the list or risk a costly nightmare

IF you’re using a very old iPhone, you’re putting yourself at risk.

Certain models are now so old that they no longer receive the latest updates.

Be careful with very old iPhone models


Be careful with very old iPhone modelsCredit: apple

iOS updates usually come with new features, so you might not worry too much.

But these iOS updates also come with important security fixes.

Every time a new iOS patch comes out, your non-updated iPhone is considered technically “at risk”.

That’s because there are security vulnerabilities for which you haven’t yet installed the fixes.

It’s a bit like someone is finally installing a lock on your door, but you haven’t turned the key to actually lock it yet.

Until you do, your device (and its data) may be at risk.

Apple’s security pages reveal that the iOS 16.3 update – which arrived earlier this week – fixes several bugs.

But many iPhones just can’t get iOS 16.3.

Here is a list of all devices supported by iOS 16 (and iOS 16.3):

  • 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 X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation or newer)

Fortunately, Apple occasionally releases security updates for very old iPhones.

But they often come later and are not always guaranteed.

This week, Apple released a new security update called iOS 12.5.7, which includes security fixes from iOS 16.2 (the pre-iOS 16.3 update).

iOS 16 performs poorly on iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone SE (2nd generation or later).

But iOS 12 supports phones all the way back to the iPhone 5S, which came out in 2013.

Check for the new update by going to Settings > General > Software Update on your iPhone.

If you’re using an iPhone 5 or older, it’s largely abandoned now.

This means you should avoid the following:

  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4s
  • iphone 4
  • Iphone 3 gs
  • iPhone 3G
  • iPhone

And even devices that can’t get iOS 16 are riskier to use than newer iPhone models.

This includes:

  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 5s

So if you’re still holding on to that extremely old iPhone, now might be a good time to upgrade.

The cost of updating your iPhone model to a newer version can be far less than the consequences of a major hack.

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And you can get iOS 16-friendly iPhone models very cheaply.

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