according to a report from The National, WhatsApp has updated their FAQ to state that users who are on an older version of iOS than iOS 10 will no longer get updates for WhatsApp. In this article, they list the iPhone SE from 2016, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6S as no longer being supported, most likely because these phones by default shipped with iOS 9. A lot of other news sources have similar claims, though it appears most of these were sourced from The National.
As an owner of an iPhone SE from 2016, I’m confused now. I’ve always installed updates for iOS and my phone is currently on iOS 14.7.1. Will my iPhone SE really no longer get WhatsApp updates because it originally shipped with iOS 9, even though I’m currently 5 versions later? Or is this just another fine example of clickbait journalism? I assume it’s the latter and that because my phone is on iOS 14, it will still get WhatsApp updates. I mean, even Apple itself is still supporting the iPhone SE with another year of iOS updates, so it would be weird if WhatsApp dropped support.