iOS 16 Compatibility & Supported Devices

While we are yet to receive iOS 14.5, rumors and leaks about iOS 16 are already making rounds on the internet. A recent report that has surfaced asserts that the upcoming iOS 16 will come with a redesigned center, support a dual security system, and other features. As far as we know Apple is planning to unveil iOS 16 at the Worldwide Developer Conference in June.

According iPhoneSoft, the iOS 16 update will drop support for old iPhones. To be more precise, iPhones with A9 chips will no longer receive an iOS 16 update when they launch it later in 2021. This has given rise to rumors related to iOS 16 compatibility. If you are intrigued to know more, read on.

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iOS 16 Compatibility

Apple is gearing up to introduce the upcoming iOS 16 mobile operating system at the Worldwide Developer Conference in coming June. This means we are just months away from knowing what comes with iOS 16.

Recently, they have released an entire list of devices that will be compatible with iOS 16.

Reports are stating that Apple iOS 16 will not support all iPhone models. It is reportedly said that the iPhone 7s and all other models released later will continue to be supported by the newest iOS 16 version. This means any iPhone model launched before 7s will be excluded from the list of iOS 16 compatibilities.

However, we cannot be certain of anything right now. It may or may not be entirely true. We will only get to know when Apple introduces its new iOS 16 in June 2022.

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We believe that iOS 16 will not be available for iPhone 6 series, which includes iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S, and iPhone SE. If you look back at Apple’s history, they always reduce the number of supported devices after launching a new operating system. They are once again going to do the same with the launch of the latest iOS 16 version.

iOS 16 Supported Devices

So here is the list of devices that will be supported by iOS 16:

  • iPhone 12/iPhone 12 Pro/iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE 2020
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max/iPhone 11 Pro/iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS Max/iPhone XS/iPhone XR/iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 Plus/iPhone 8
  • iPhone 7/iPhone 7 Plus

If you own any of these iPhone models, you will continue to receive iOS 16 support. Some of the iPhone models dropped from iOS 16 support are 4 years old or more. So it’s obvious that they will stop updating these models at some point.

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Apple iPadOS 16 Compatible Devices

So we already know the iPhone models that will be supported by iOS 16. Now let’s take a look at iPadOS 16 compatibility.

According to sources, Apple will stop updating the iPadOS for iPad Mini 4, which was released back in 2015. Even iPad Air 2, released in 2014 will no longer receive the new iPadOS 16. Just so you know these devices were equipped with A8 and A8X chips.

Here is the list of iPadOS 16 supported devices:

  • iPad Air 4
  • 9 iPad Pro (1st, 2nd, 3rd gen)
  • iPad 8
  • iPad Pro 2020
  • 11 iPad Pro
  • 5 iPad Pro
  • 7 iPad Pro
  • iPad (7th,6th,5th gen)
  • iPad Mini 4
  • iPad Mini 5
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air 2019

The latest version of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 is expected to release in September 2021. Before that Apple will be officially introducing the mobile operating system in June.

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With the release of iOS 16, Apple will reduce the number of supported devices. Any iPhone model released before the iPhone 7s will be dropped from the support list. To get more information on the same, we will have to wait till June. You also check iOS 15 compatibility here.

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