Only certain devices will support iOS 16. Find out if yours is on the list.
Apple’s next major software update is iOS 16, and it’ll bring several new big features to the iPhone, like editing and unsending text messages and better customization for your lock screen — but not every iPhone user will get the chance to install it.
iOS 16, which is expected to release something during the fall, most likely alongside the iPhone 14, will not work with every iPhone, especially if it’s an older device. And that’s why 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 third iOS 16 public beta, which brings back the battery percentage back to your status bar.
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.
How to find out which iPhone you have
Not sure which iPhone you own? You can easily figure out the model from within your settings to check if it will run iOS 16.
To find your iPhone model, launch the Settings app and go to General > About. Next to Model Name, you should see what type of iPhone you own. Underneath that, you’ll see a Model Number, which you can use to find out more specifics about your model, such as capacity and year introduced, but that’s not necessary (only for iPhone SE) for checking whether your phone will support iOS 16 or not.
To check your iPhone model, go to Settings > General > About. Nelson Aguilar/CNET
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.
iOS 16 will not run on the iPhone 7 series.
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)
The latest generations of the iPad and iPad Mini will both support iPadOS 16. Scott Steiin/CNET