Have you ever asked yourself if your iPhone, iPad or iPod is among the iOS 8 supported devices? Have ever had time to search from website to know whether your current idevice firmware can be upgraded to iOS 8? Which iOS 8 features can my device run without any complication?

When a new version of iOS is released and launched, we all expected exciting new features and also a polished idevice interface. Many of the Apple fans who have older iDevices may be forced to make hard decisions. They therefore are likely to abandon their beloved iPhone or iPad which may finally have an incomplete feature set, run slower, fail to run at all or even miss out the new promising iOS update.

Just the other day iOS 8 was launched along with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus. It is obviously known that iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus are iOS 8 Supported Devices and their users are enjoying the new and amazing iOS 8 features.

Here is the official list of iPhones, iPads and iPods that made the way through and can run iOS 8.

IPhones: iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus

iOS 8 Supported Devices

IPads: iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, (plus other presumable iPads such iPad 6 and/or iPad Pro if/when they launch)

IPad mini: iPad mini1 and iPad 3 mini all with Retina display (….and also iPad mini 3 when/if it will be launched)
IPod: only iPod touch 5G

Which features will older iPads and iPhones have to miss?

All the iOS 8 continuity features are available only on iPhone 5 or any other iPhone which came after iPhone 5, iPad 4 and any other after iPad 4, both iPad 1 mini and iPad 2 mini and also 5th generation iPod. This means that all iPhone 4S, iPad 2 and iPad 3 misses these feature.

Although many iPhone and iPad users may be happy to upgrade their current iOS to iOS 8, the potentially bigger issue here is how the older idevice’s processor responds to the demands that iOS 8 put on it.

Will my iPhone or iPad get slower if I upgrade to iOS 8?

The answer to this question is “YES”, it is true that the older devices in my list are experiencing struggle with performance when upgraded from iOS 7 to iOS 8. For example, some testing have proved that an iPhone 4S took almost 50% longer to finish some tasks on iOS 8 as it did on iOS 7. It is evident that in iPhone 4S running iOS 8, animations are slow, transitions are slow, and also opening of apps is slow. In some cases this slowness has also been reported on iPad 2 and iPad 3.

Bottom line

If your iPad, iPhone or iPod is not in the list of iOS 8 supported devices above, you will not be able to download any other updates to iOS 8 except the security patches. If this is the case, that is not the end of the world. You can continue running and working with your old version iOS with the exception of new features.