Which devices support iOS 16 and iPadOS 16?

Although there are no concrete rumors about which devices iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 will support the discontinuation of iPod touch earlier this week could be an indication that as many as nine devices are on the brink of losing support for Apple’s upcoming operating systems.

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iOS and iPadOS 13, 14, and 15 all support the same devices, with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, seventh-generation iPod touch, iPad Air 2, fifth-generation iPad, iPad mini 4, and first-generation iPad Pro the oldest supported iPhones and iPads.

While Apple could just drop support for the oldest iPhones and iPads that are still getting the latest updates, memory will likely be the deciding factor as to which devices are iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. When Apple introduced iOS 13, it dropped support for all devices with less than 2 GB of memory. This extended support for many A7 and A8 devices, such as the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus, as well as the first-generation iPad Air, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and sixth-generation iPod touch. This is also why the iPad mini 4, which has 2 GB of memory, is still supported by iOS 13, 14 and 15, even though it has the A8 chip.

It seems plausible that if iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 required 3 GB of memory, nine devices running the A9 and A10 Fusion chips could lose support. While the seventh-generation iPhone 7 Plus and iPad include the A10 Fusion chip, both devices have 3GB of memory, meaning they’re more likely to retain support the next time Apple drops support for older devices.

There’s also little indication that Apple will support the seventh-generation iPod touch, an A10 device with 2GB of memory, simply because it has continued to sell it until now. Apple discontinued the sixth-generation iPod touch in May 2019, and it was banned from receiving iOS 13, which was released just four months later. The company could repeat this pattern with the seventh-generation iPod touch, discontinuing it in May 2022 before being banned from iOS 16 support a few months later. In addition, Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes that: watchOS 9 ends support for Apple Watch Series 3 later this year, even though it’s still on sale.

If Apple chooses to mandate 3 GB of storage for iOS 16 and iPadOS 16, the following devices may be supported:


iOS

  • iPhone 6S
  • iPhone 6S Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPod touch (7th generation)
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (3rd generation)

iPadOS

  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (5th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (9th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (6th generation)
  • iPad Pro (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro (5th generation)

This would make the iPhone 7 Plus the oldest supported iPhone, and the third-generation iPad Air, seventh-generation iPad, fifth-generation iPad mini, and first-generation iPad Pro the oldest supported iPad models. That said, Apple could avoid any confusion as to why the iPhone 7 Plus is supported and the iPhone 7 not by dropping support for both devices at once, regardless of the iPhone 7 Plus’s added memory.

It’s important to note that iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 may continue to support the same devices as iOS and iPadOS 13, 14, and 15. Nevertheless, it seems only a matter of time before Apple drops support for some older devices, be it this year is or next year. When that does happen, it seems likely that only the above devices will retain support.

In line with previous years, at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on June 6, 2022. iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and watchOS 9 are rumor has it that it offers a lot of features and improvementsincluding improved notifications, car accident detection, a new multitasking interface for iPad, the Apple Classical app, and more.

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