Is your iPhone running iOS 16? Some will not be compatible

Apple’s next major software update iOS 16, brings a ton of new features to the iPhone. That includes ability Edit and send text messagesSplit purchases into bi-weekly payments with Apple Pay LaterIn addition Customize the lock screen and Cut out photo backgrounds with just a tap and hold.

Although Apple hasn’t announced a specific release date for iOS 16, it is expected to be released sometime in the fall. possibly alongside the iPhone 14. And while that’s still a few months away, you might want to know if Apple’s latest mobile operating system is compatible with the iPhone you currently own.

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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 now, You can download the second beta preview for developers, thanks to Apple’s developer program. However, We do not recommend you to download the developer beta version because it can be riddled with bugs and other problems. It’s better to wait for the public beta, which is expected to be released sometime this month.

These iPhone models support iOS 16

The following iPhones will be compatible with iOS 16 when it is released later this year:

It can also be assumed that each model in the iPhone 14 series will be running iOS 16 when it arrives. Apple is expected to announce and release its latest flagship device sometime in September during an annual keynote speech at a special event.


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How to find out which iPhone you have

Not sure which iPhone you have? You can easily find out the model in your settings to check if it will run iOS 16.

To find your iPhone model, launch the Settings app and go to General > Around. Next to model name, you should see what type of iPhone you have. Below you will see one model numberwhich you can use to find out more details about your model, e.g. B. Capacity and launch year, but that is not required (only for iPhone SE) to check whether your phone supports iOS 16 or not.

iPhone model name

To check your iPhone model, go to Settings > General > About.

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What about older iPhone models like the iPhone 7 Plus?

Unfortunately, no iPhone older than iPhone 8 supports iOS 16, including iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Many people on Twitter were surprised by this, as 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.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

iOS 16 does not run on iPhone 7 series.

Will my iPad get iOS 16?

iPad has its own version of iOS 16 – known as iPadOS 16. This latest operating system is supported on the following iPad models:

iPad 2021 and iPad Mini

The latest generations of iPad and iPad Mini will both support iPadOS 16.

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