WhatsApp to discontinue support for these iPhone models
In a bid to actually encourage WhatsApp users to get better experience and new features, WhatsApp is set to discontinue working on devices running on older operating systems. This a usual practice from the firm to withdraw support for older Android and iOS models.
WhatsApp To End Support For iOS 10 And iOS 11
According to WABetaInfo, WhatsApp will to end its support for iOS 10, iOS 11 running on iPhone 5, and iPhone 5C in the next several months.
The below screenshot shows that WhatsApp will stop working with iOS 10 and iOS 11 starting October 24, 2022. This is also clear from an article on the official WhatsApp Help Center, which says that iOS 12 and later versions are supported but also recommended.
However, if your iPhone is still running iOS 10, then an iOS 12 upgrade would be required to keep using WhatsApp on your iPhone 5S, 6, or 6S. Some of WhatsApp’s more recent features will not work if older iOS versions are maintained. The most recent security fixes are included in every iOS update, and it’s always a wise practice to do it anyway.
Earlier reports said WhatsApp would allow you to leave groups silently. The company is also working on more features such as rich link previews for text message status, quick reactions to status updates, showing them in the chat menu, companion mode, search filtering, etc.