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iOS 8 Compatibility

Last updated: February 26, 2015 at 23:10 pm

Ever have that feeling of wanting something so badly?

We all have that feeling several times. Especially in office. We wish we could do anything, but our hands are usually tied. And such is the case with iOS 8.

You see, Apple’s iOS 8 is not compatible with every iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. And we can’t do anything much about it. My cousin has an iPhone 4 and he will probably never ever get to taste the awesomeness of iOS 8 firmware on his device.

But he is not alone.

In online forums, we have so many folks asking whether the new iOS 8 software supports their Apple devices. It “used” to be simple with previous versions of iOS, but this time it’s different.

This time Apple has decided to make iOS 8 compatible with some older devices (iPad 2) and remove support for newer devices (iPad 3). It’s unusual, and this is why this article should help you to…

Check Devices That Support iOS 8


To be able to enjoy all the features of iOS 8 on your smartphone or tablet, you have to first ask yourself this simple question: is your device “NOT in the list?” That’s it!

What do I mean by “NOT in the list?” It’s simple. Rather than looking at the kind of devices iOS 8 supports, let us twist the question and see which of the Apple devices will NEVER get iOS 8 support. Ready?

Devices Incompatible With iOS 8

iPhone models that do not work with iOS 8:

  • Apple iPhone 4
  • Apple iPhone 3GS
  • Apple iPhone 3G
  • Apple iPhone 2G
  • Original Apple iPhone

iPad models that do not work with iOS 8:

  • Apple iPad (1st generation)
  • Apple iPad (3rd generation)

iPod Touch models that do not work with iOS 8:

  • iPod Touch 1st generation
  • iPod Touch 2nd generation
  • iPod Touch 3rd generation
  • iPod Touch 4th generation

As you will probably know, iOS 8 is the upgraded version of iOS 7. To cut long story short, if your device is in the above list, you cannot get iOS 8. You have to enjoy your last iOS 7 update… forever. Or get a new device.

Now, in marketing, we have something called CLV, which is Customer Lifetime Value. It’s defined as how much value (read: money) can a company extract from a single customer. If Apple sells you an iPhone for one time, and let’s say they earn $50 profit per unit, then the CLV is $50. This is assuming that you will NEVER ever buy the device again.

So a new software update like iOS 8 makes older devices outdated, ultimately forcing the customer to get a brand new device. In that case, the customer who bought the unit before, now buys the latest device in the market. So the CLV doubles. And Apple’s profit increases.

Of course, there are several reasons why iPhones, iPads, and iPod Touch is not supported by iOS 8. One of them is the hardware. The older devices have outdated processors, and the iOS 8 software fails to run on these devices. You can’t memorize the model numbers, can you? In that case you may want to…

Save This iOS 8 Compatibility Chart

Here’s the old compatibility chart:

The new compatibility chart:


Notice the difference? The “new” chart shows the iPhones, iPads and iPod Touch that runs iOS 8 operating system flawlessly. You may want to click on the image to see the larger version. You will also notice that Apple iPad 3 was added to the “new” list.

To make things easier, we have created more sections to accurately find out iOS 8’s compatibility nature.

Each section talks about a specific device, and we mention the devices that are compatible and incompatible with iOS 8. We have personally tested iPhone 4 and iPhone 3G, and even after wasting several hours to install iOS 8 on these devices, we failed. So the list you see below is very accurate.

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Note: Articles written at are valid for every Apple device running iOS 8.0, iOS 8.1, iOS 8.2, iOS 8.3, iOS 8.4 / 8.4.1 firmware