As happens regularly, applications, regardless of how famous or used they are, end up advancing in functionality and capabilities, and for this, among other things, it is necessary to stop being compatible with older devices that hinder their operation. This may end up including your iPhone, if you're stretching it out too long.
On the occasion of its next update, WhatsApp will no longer be compatible with some of the older iPhones. In this way the application will be able to continue advancing in capabilities without being burdened by the use of old devices, the fundamental question is: Does this affect me?
Well, first of all, it is a good time for you to relax, mainly because WhatsApp is going to stop being compatible with devices that are running iOS 11 or a later version, that is, taking into account the long-standing policy of iOS updates that Apple comes developing years ago, it is highly unlikely that you will be forced to stop using WhatsApp on your old iPhone.
According to the latest findings from WABetaInfo, The world's most popular messaging app will end support for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c starting October 24, 2022. so in principle and in the remote case that you are using one of these two devices, you have plenty of time to look for an alternative, be it iOS or Android, that is compatible with WhatsApp, as well as making a good backup of your messages.
This adds to rumors that iOS 16, which will be presented in a couple of weeks at WWDC 2022 that you can follow live here, on iPhone News, it will not be compatible with devices prior to iPhone 7.
In the meantime, you will be able to continue enjoying WhatsApp but… For how much longer?