Time for a phone upgrade? 'iPhone 6' trends as Twitter stops working on the 8-year-old Apple device
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.
so this is twitter saying I need to buy a new phone because they no longer support iPhone 6 🥴 pic.twitter.com/WOlqWnajI2— ً (@etherealsone) March 31, 2022
hahahah now twitter doesnt support iphone 6 and other low models.. i dont change my phone! now #gofckyourself :) #twitter #iphone6— Onur Ayboğa (@AybogaOnur) March 30, 2022
Some people can't afford new phones.— Protopop Games (@protopop) March 31, 2022
IOS 13 is just over 2 years old, and I think it's a quick timeline to deprecate the app already on that OS.
Now that you've cut off the iPhone 6 application support, you're willing to lose millions of users, then. You know @Twitter bye @TwitterSupport @Twitter @TwitterSafety @verified pic.twitter.com/rOGboUbbV0— ılgaz (@tuhafimsii) March 30, 2022
No, because of you. Why did you withdraw support from iPhone 6, do we have to buy a new phone?— aycdnz (@dnzayc80) March 31, 2022
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.