The debate over whether iOS or Android is the better operating system is never-ending, but there is one area where Apple trumps Android devices. And that is software updates. The iPhone 6s, for example, was released in 2015 (8 years ago) and still received the iOS 15 update, which shows how much the brand values its old customers.

iOS 16 compatible iPhones
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Today, at the WWDC 2022, the tech behemoth launched iOS 16, the latest version of its mobile operating system that introduces a bunch of new features and tweaks to improve the overall user experience. Last year, widgets were the main attraction of iOS 15, but this year, it’s the new and improved lock screen, which now has a new visual appeal and is more interactive.

Firstly, you can now add multiple lock screens and apply filters to your wallpapers natively. In addition, you can also customize the time font, change colors, and a lot more. Not just that, you can also pick from a bunch of pre-default lock screen setups for a hassle-free experience. Other changes include the ability to unsend messages feature in iMessage (WhatsApp are you seeing this?), use SharePlay in iMessage, and a lot more.

But would you be able to use these features on your iPhone? If yes, when? Worry not, as we list down iOS 16 compatible devices and when you can get them.

iOS 16 Compatible Devices

Here is the iOS 16 supported devices list that will get the latest features later this year. Interestingly and unfortunately, the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus don’t make the cut.

  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone SE 2020
  • iPhone SE 2022

iPadOS 16 Compatible Devices List

The following list includes all the iPad models that will receive the latest iPadOS release—the iPadOS 16:

  • iPad Pro 12.9 (5th gen)
  • iPad Pro 11 (3rd gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (4th gen)
  • iPad Pro 11 (2nd gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (3rd gen)
  • iPad Pro 11 (1st gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (2nd gen)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (1st gen)
  • iPad Pro 10.5
  • iPad Pro 9.7
  • iPad (9th gen)
  • iPad (8th gen)
  • iPad (7th gen)
  • iPad (6th gen)
  • iPad (5th gen)
  • iPad mini (6th gen)
  • iPad mini (5th gen)
  • iPad mini (4th gen)
  • iPad Air (4th gen)
  • iPad Air (3rd gen)
  • iPad Air 2

When Can You Install iOS 16 on Your iPhone?

While writing this article, Apple has already released the first Developer Beta of iOS 16 that developers can easily install on compatible iPhones. Soon, the first public beta of iOS 16 will be made available.

Are you wondering how to install the developer profile and update it from iOS 15 to iOS 16? Worry not, as we are already working on a detailed guide on how to install iOS 16 on your iPhone and iPad effortlessly.

Beware!

iOS 16 is still in the beta phase and is bound to have some bugs and issues in the initial builds. As a result, we recommend waiting for the official stable release along with the iPhone 14 series in September. However, if you still wish to install iOS 16 on your iPhone or iPad, please make sure to perform a backup and try it at your own risk.

Experience the New iOS Changes

Listed above are all the iPhone models that will receive the latest iOS 16 update. However, some devices might not get the full feature treatment due to hardware limitations.

Let us know if you found this article helpful and if you will install the new iOS 16 update on your iPhone/iPad.

FAQs on iOS 16 Compatibility Devices List

Unfortunately, the good old iPhone 6s won't be getting the iOS 16 this year. The iPhone 6s was first launched in 2015, almost 7 years back. While it's sad that it doesn't make the cut, it did well to receive updates for 6+ years.

Here are all the iOS 16 compatible devices that will get the latest features later this year:

  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone SE 2020
  • iPhone SE 2022

Apple launched the iOS 16 developer beta 1 on June 7, 2022. There will be more beta releases in the upcoming weeks and months but the final stable release is expected to be launched sometime in September 2022 alongside the iPhone 14 series.

No! Apple has confirmed that the iPhone SE will not be getting the latest iOS 16. It joins the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus in the list of devices with dropped support for the latest iOS version. The iPhone SE 2020 makes the cut though.

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