Apple has just recently rolled out the iOS 10.3.2 beta version, while seemingly cutting its support for the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c. As Apple keeps on rolling out updates for the iOS 10.3 version, there are questions whether iOS 10.4 will come out, which is unlikely, given Apple's history.
According to a report from Hi-Tech Wiki, Apple's release of the iOS 10.3.2 beta testing has coincided with the company stopping its offering of iTunes restore images for 32-bit devices like the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c. The ceasing of support likely shows Apple is slowly veering away from its old iPhone models, as the iOS 10.3.2 also only supports 64-bit devices.
The report said that fans of the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c were disappointed with the new modifications to the iOS. The new iOS, though, is still in the beta phase, so Apple can still add support for 32-bit devices later on.
The move is a bit strange for Apple, but given its push towards an all 64-bit feature devices, this move is something that should have been expected. The iOS 10.3.2 is already Apple's way of saying that they might not continue to support throughout a full iOS generation. It also shows older devices are also in danger of being cut off from iOS support.
As for what comes next after the launch of the iOS 10.3.2 beta testing, 1redDrop reported that there are several people already asking if there will be an iOS 10.4 before Apple moves to iOS 11. If history is any indication, it's unlikely for it to happen.
The report said that the last time Apple had a version x.4 was with the iOS 8.4, but it only lasted 78 days before Apple came out with the iOS 9 together with the iPhone 6s in September 2015. Using the company's previous timeline, it's more likely for Apple to just come out with minor modifications of its iOS 10.3 version before moving on to iOS 11.
The report said that if this is what Apple will follow, the iOS 11 will likely be released alongside the much anticipated iPhone 8. Check out the video below for more on the iOS 10.3.2 beta.