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Every year Apple releases a new major update for iPhone and iPad devices, but some devices won’t receive the update, usually around seven years after they first debuted. Here’s which devices are compatible with iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.

iOS 16 Coming to iPhone 8 or Better

The iOS 16 update will arrive sometime in September 2022 for anyone with an iPhone 8 (or Plus), iPhone X, and second-generation iPhone SE or later. You can check which iPhone you have under Settings > General > About.

That means that if you own an iPhone 7, iPhone 6S, or a first-generation iPhone SE then you won’t be able to upgrade to the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system in the fall. Also absent from the list of supported this time round is any model of iPod Touch, with the device having been removed from Apple’s website worldwide.

iPadOS 16 Device Compatibility

The iPhone 6S was introduced in late 2015, while the iPhone 7 came a year later in 2016 after the launch of the first-generation iPhone SE in March 2016.

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iPadOS 16 Coming to iPad Pro, Air 3G, and iPad 5G

As for iPadOS 16, you’ll be able to get your hands on the update sometime in September provided you have any model of iPad Pro, a third generation iPad Air, a fifth generation iPad, or a fifth generation iPad mini (launched only last year).

iOS 16 Device Compatibility

That means that Apple is dropping support this year for the second-generation iPad Air and the fourth-generation iPad mini. This marks a change from last year’s update, where all devices that were compatible with iPadOS 14 also got the upgrade to iPadOS 15.

Older Devices Still Get Security Updates

Just because your device is no longer receiving major updates doesn’t mean you won’t still see the occasional update. When an iPhone stops receiving updates Apple will periodically release updates to the “last good” version of iOS that supported that model, usually in the form of security patches. You can see these on Apple’s security updates log web page.

What this does mean however is that you will no longer receive new features, major new versions of apps like Safari (which could mean limited functionality on some websites, in time), and you may also find yourself cut out of certain features within Apple’s own apps.

If your device has officially been removed from the list of supported devices this year, take a look at the best iPad models or best iPhones to replace it.

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