Will iPhone run iOS 16? Some will not be compatible

Apple’s next major software update, iOS 16, will bring a number of new features to the iPhone. This includes the ability to edit and cancel sending text messagesdivide purchases into every other week with Apple Pay Laterfurther customize the lock screen and cut out image backgrounds with just a press and hold.

Although Apple has not announced a specific date for the release of iOS 16, it is expected to drop sometime during the fall, possibly with the iPhone 14. And while it’s still a few months away, you may be curious 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 if you want to be able to download iOS 16 on iPhone when it’s available to the public.

If you want to get hold of iOS 16 right now, you can download the second developer beta preview, thanks to Apple’s developer program. But, We do not recommend downloading the developer beta because it can be full of errors and other problems. You’re better off waiting for the public beta, which is expected to be released sometime this month.

These iPhone models will support iOS 16

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

It is also safe to assume that each model in 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 keynote address for special events.

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How to find out which iPhone you have

Not sure which iPhone you own? You can easily find out the model from 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. Below that you will see one Model numberwhich you can use to find out more specifically about your model, such as capacity and years introduced, but it is not necessary (only for iPhone SE) to check if your phone supports iOS 16 or not.

Model name on iPhone

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 will not support iOS 16, including iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Many on Twitter were surprised by this, because 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 up to iOS 15.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

iOS 16 will not run on the 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 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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