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CheckMag | 3 iPhones and 3 MacBooks likely slated to lose software support in 2024

Thankfully, one can use Apple products that no longer get security patches for a few more years without major repercussions (Image source: Unsplash - edited)
Thankfully, one can use Apple products that no longer get security patches for a few more years without major repercussions (Image source: Unsplash - edited)
Amber Lake and Coffee Lake-powered MacBooks find themselves swimming in dangerous waters whereas 2nd generation and 3rd generation iPhone SE phones have zero cause for concern. Every time Apple unleashes a new version of iOS and macOS on the market, it removes a few products from the list of devices it makes software updates for. Let's make an educated guess for 2024; which models will make it and which will not?

Which iPhones will lose software support in 2024?

The moment iOS 17 was launched in Q3 2023, several iPhones released in 2017 were declared obsolete and no longer safe to use. Presuming Apple will release an 18th version of its iOS operating system later this year, the following three phones will suffer the same unenviable fate:

The iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max (all of which debuted in 2019) are out of harm's way for now, just like the 2nd generation iPhone SE and other Apple phones released in 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023.

Which MacBooks will lose software support in 2024?

The arrival of macOS Sonoma in 2023 saw Apple bid farewell to the last few non-Retina MacBook Air laptops as well as 12-inch MacBooks launched in 2016 and 2017. Several Pros released in 2015 to 2017 bit the bullet, too. Presuming Apple will release a successor to Sonoma later this year, the following MacBooks are set to be thrown under the bus:

If Apple chooses to release a major new version of its macOS operating system in 2025, the list will become much larger by including the 13-inch, 15-inch and 16-inch 2019 MacBook Pro laptops as well as the 13-inch MacBook Air (2019) all of which are powered by Intel chips. Owners of 2020 MacBooks including the M1-powered 13-inch MacBook Air won't get their portion of bad news until 2026 or possibly 2027.

Unlike Apple silicon-powered MacBooks, their counterparts built around Intel chips are fully compatible with Windows. For MacBooks released in 2017 and 2018, this means compatibility with both Windows 10 and Windows 11.

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Sergey Tarasov, 2024-03-17 (Update: 2024-03-17)