Software is also directly affected by planned obsolescence, as it is known WhatsApp it is left out of various operating systems and phones over the years.
And in the case of iPhone, the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c mark that list.
This is not surprising as WhatsApp has already discontinued its app for iOS 10 and iOS 11 in October. This means that iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c owners could no longer install the latest version of the app.
iPhone 5 was released in 2012 with iOS 6, and has been updated to 2019 with iOS 10.3.4. iPhone 5c, launched in 2013 with iOS 7, has also been updated to 2019 with iOS 10.3.4. This is because the iPhone 5c shares the same A6 chip as the iPhone 5. Of course, users with an iPhone 5s or newer still running iOS 10 or iOS 11 can upgrade the operating system to continue to use WhatsApp.
The company claims that it is removing support for older devices so that it can focus on improving the WhatsApp experience on newer smartphones. According to WhatsApp, only a few people still use the app on these old devices.
“To choose what to stop supporting, every year, like other technology companies, we look at which devices and software are the oldest and have the least number of people still using them. These devices may not have the latest security updates or may not have the functionality required to run WhatsApp.”