WhatsApp Might Stop Working On Your iPhone Very, Very Soon
The shiny new iPhone Xs and Xr is officially launched today, with much Lion King-style thrusting aloft of the newly born handsets set to reign over the land.
However, the world of consumer electronics is also like The Lion King in that the Circle of Life demands that once-beloved handsets and apps must die in order to be replaced. WhatsApp has announced that its messaging service will stop working on a raft of older iPhones.
Any iPhone still running iOS 7, which was first introduced with the iPhone 5s in 2013, won't be able to use WhatsApp from 1 February 2020. However, only iPhone 4S and later models can run iOS 8, the update which introduced the swishy parallax effect and the control centre which appears when you swipe up from the bottom of your phone screen.
That means that if you're on an iPhone 4 or an even earlier model, you should have enough time to get your affairs in order and peacefully lay your social life to rest. Or get a new phone, whichever.
WhatsApp's official statement says: "WhatsApp for iPhone requires iOS 8 or later. On iOS 7.1.2, you can no longer create new accounts or reverify existing accounts. If WhatsApp is currently active on your iOS 7.1.2 device, you will be able to use it until February 1, 2020. iOS 6 and older are no longer supported."
This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.