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Will your iPhone run iOS 16? Some will not be compatible

The next major software update from Apple, iOS16, will bring a host of new features to the iPhone. This includes the ability to edit and unsend text messagessplit purchases into payments every two weeks with Apple Pay Laterfurther away customize lock screen and cut out photo backgrounds with just a tap and hold.

Although Apple has not announced a specific date for the release of iOS 16, it should drop during the fall, possibly alongside the iPhone 14. And even though it’s still a few months away, you might be curious if Apple’s latest mobile operating system is compatible with the iPhone you currently own.

Read more: iOS 16: Every new iPhone feature we know about so far

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Here’s what we know about whether you’ll be able to download iOS 16 to your iPhone once it’s released to the general public.

If you want to get your hands on iOS 16 right now, you can download the second developer beta, thanks to the Apple Developer Program. However, we do not recommend downloading the developer beta as it can be riddled with bugs and other issues. You better wait for the public beta, which should be released this month.

These iPhone models will support iOS 16

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

It is also safe to assume that each model in the iPhone 14 Series will run iOS 16 when it arrives. Apple is expected to announce and launch its latest flagship device in September during an annual keynote at a special event.

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How to know which iPhone you have

Not sure which iPhone you have? You can easily determine the model from your settings to check if it will work in iOS 16.

To find your iPhone model, launch the Settings app and go to General > About. Close to Model name, you should see what type of iPhone you have. Below you will see a Model numberwhich you can use to know more about your model, like capacity and introduction year, but it is not necessary (only for iPhone SE) to check whether your phone will support 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, any iPhone older than iPhone 8 will not support iOS 16, including iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Many people on Twitter were surprised by this, as many expected that at least the iPhone 7 Plus would support iOS 16. Instead, the iPhone 7 series and some older models will only support iOS 16. only supports up to iOS 15.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

iOS 16 will not work on iPhone 7 series.

Will my iPad get iOS 16?

The iPad has its own version of iOS 16, known as iPadOS 16. This new operating system will be 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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