Is Your iPhone Compatible With iOS 16? Here’s How to Find Out

The release of Apple’s next major software update, iOS 16, is expected to be announced at next weeks “Far Out” event on September 7. New features like editing and unsending text messages and better customization for your lock screen will come to the iPhone, but unfortunately not everyone will get the chance to install it.

If you’ve got an older iPhone, you might be curious to know if Apple’s latest mobile operating system is compatible with your device. 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 next week.

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If you want to get your hands on iOS 16 right now, you can download the sixth iOS 16 public betawhich 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:

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 Numberwhich 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.

Model Name of 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, 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.

iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus

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 2021 and iPad Mini

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

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