iOS 16 Compatibility List: All the iPhones That Will (And Won’t) Work
iOS 16 is Apple’s next major software update, bringing a number of new features to the iPhone, like the ability to edit and unsend text messages when you make a mistake, further customize your lock screen with widgets and font styles and cut out photo backgrounds with just a tap and hold.
Although Apple hasn’t announced a specific date for the release of iOS 16, it is expected to drop sometime during the fall, possibly alongside the iPhone 14. And while that’s still a few months away, you might be curious to know if Apple’s latest mobile operating system is compatible with the iPhone you currently own.
Here’s what we know about whether you’ll be able to download iOS 16 on your iPhone once it’s available to the general public.
If you want to get your hands on iOS 16 right now, you can download the first iOS 16 public beta.
These iPhone models will support iOS 16
The following iPhones will be compatible with iOS 16 when it’s released later this year:
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 Mini
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 Mini
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone SE (second generation and later)
It’s also safe to assume that every model in the iPhone 14 series will run iOS 16 when it arrives. Apple is expected to announce and release its latest flagship device sometime in September during an annual special event keynote address.
What about older iPhone models like the iPhone 7 Plus?
Unfortunately, any iPhone older than the iPhone 8 will not support iOS 16, including the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Many people on Twitter were surprised by this, because many expected at least the iPhone 7 Plus to support iOS 16. Instead, the iPhone 7 series and some older models will only support up to iOS 15.
Will my iPad get iOS 16?
The iPad has its own version of iOS 16 — known as iPadOS 16. This newest operating system will be supported on the following iPad models:
- iPad Mini (fifth generation and later)
- iPad (fifth generation and later)
- iPad Air (third generation and later)
- iPad Pro (all models)