[RUMOR] Apple could drop support for the 32-bit iPhone 5 this year

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September 2012 saw the introduction of the iPhone 5 and it was the last 32-bit iPhone made as the following year the iPhone 5s switched to a 64-bit CPU. Now, with the next iPhone on the horizon and Apple already cutting the head off of 32-bit apps. There are rumors that Apple will drop support for the now 5-year old iPhone 5. Twitter user @zmclearan was poking around the latest iOS 10.3.2 beta when he noticed the lack of 32-bit devices in the list. To be clear, this is beta software so it’s very possible Apple could add 32-bit devices into the actual live push of the software, but it does point to the future.

As Matthew Dunn from news.com.au points out, Apple making a move of this magnitude on a minor update to iOS 10 is a bit odd. Still, whether it happens on iOS 10.3.2 or iOS 11. You can be sure that the 32-bit iPhone 5 will most likely stop being supported at some point in the near future. That doesn’t mean that everyone who owns an iPhone 5 will suddenly have a bricked phone. It just means they’ll no longer have access to updates or security patches.

This is the double-edged sword of technology, as software and hardware continue to advance at such a fast pace. It becomes impossible to maintain old hardware and it simply must fall away from the update cycle. Now, I’m sure the iPhone 5 will continue to function just fine for many users for at least a few more years but it is a good idea to consider that you won’t be as protected due to not having security updates.

It will be interesting to see if Apple does break 32-bit support on iOS 10.3.2 or waits for iOS 11. What do you think of Apple possibly dropping iPhone 5 support? Do you own an iPhone 5? Is this going to push you to finally upgrade? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.

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