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Time for a phone upgrade? 'iPhone 6' trends as Twitter stops working on the 8-year-old Apple device

By AYIE LICSI Published Mar 31, 2022 2:27 pm

Bad news for users of older iPhones: the Twitter app has stopped working on the iPhone 6.

Users noticed on March 30 that the app suddenly stopped working on iPhone 6 models, as the latest version now requires iPhones to run on iOS 14 or later. The highest version of the Apple OS that the eight-year-old device can run on is iOS 12.5.5.

Tweets still load and users are still able to post, but they can no longer see replies when they tap on a tweet. They're also not able to check out a profile—they get the "Tweets aren't loading right now" prompt instead.

Twitter's latest App Store update also dropped support for iOS 13, so iPhones really need to be running on iOS 14 to use the app.

The only workaround for this—for those who aren't planning to get a newer device—is to access Twitter through the website.

As of writing, iPhone 6 is trending on Twitter with over 14,000 tweets. Users are tweeting about how the change might force them to upgrade their devices.

One of the best-selling iPhones of all time, the iPhone 6 line sold over 222 million units. The range was released in 2014 and stopped receiving OS updates in 2019.

Apps dropping support for older devices isn't something new. The YouTube app, for instance, doesn't work on Apple products that were released almost a decade ago like the iPhone 5, iPad 4, iPad Mini 2, and more.