Apple is preparing to launch iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 in fall 2022. The two new versions of the mobile operating systems will affect a large number of iPhone and iPad models.

In 2022, iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 were introduced, the two major new versions of Apple’s operating systems for its mobile devices – the iPhone and the iPad. The public will access this update in September. But now it is possible to restore the operating system in the beta version. They are sturdy enough for everyday use.

Presented at WWDC 2022, iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 come with a number of changes – compatibility with Joy-Con controllers for iPhone, special protection against certain very advanced cyber threats, alternative to Captcha, revised CarPlay, audio subtitling the speaker, revamped lock screen, revamped notifications, and more.

Apple offers support for iPhone and iPad for several years

And as always with Apple, it must be recognized that the American company is anxious to offer these new operating systems for a wide range of its products, including iPhone or iPad models that are no longer marketed. The arrival of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 in a few months is no exception to this rule.

Thus, all smartphones from the Cupertino company released since 2017 (i.e. since the iPhone 8 and iPhone X) have access to iOS 16. This corresponds to no less than six years of support for the side phones. The same on the iPad side. The entire iPad Pro range is supported, ensuring support through 2015. For the iPad, all models are supported since 2017. The iPad Mini and iPad Air have been available since 2019.

We can only rejoice that Apple maintains multi-year software monitoring year after year, even though the smartphone and tablet renewal cycle for one person is much shorter – between two and four years. Of course, someone who has an iPhone older than five years is still entitled to iOS 16.

WWDC 2022 – June 6th _ Apple 1-46-30 screenshot
The new iPadOS approaches macOS // Source: Screenshot by Numerama

However, there is one downside: Some devices are now technically outdated – the mobile phone industry is making rapid progress. Also, older models may not be able to use all the features of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 due to lack of power under the hood.

But some new features may benefit everyone. Above all, this means that even outdated end devices benefit from the latest security patches. This is all the more significant given that the tracking of updates isn’t always that strict on the Android side. Some manufacturers are good students, others are a little lax.

All iPhones and iPads compatible with iOS 16 and iPadOS 16

iPhone iPad
iPhone 13 12.9 inch iPad Pro M1
iPhone 13 pro 11 inch iPad Pro M1
iPhone 13 Pro max 12.9-inch iPad Pro (4th generation)
iPhone 13 mini 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation)
iphone 12 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation)
iPhone 12 pro 12.9-inch iPad Pro (1st gen)
iPhone 12 pro max 11-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation)
iPhone 12 mini 11-inch iPad Pro (1st gen)
iphone 11 10.5 inch iPad Pro
iPhone 11 pro 9.7 inch iPad Pro
iPhone 11 Pro max iPad Air (5th generation)
iPhone XS iPad Air (4th generation)
iPhone XS Max iPad Air (3rd generation)
iPhone XR iPad mini (6th generation)
iPhone X iPad Mini (5th generation)
iPhone 8 iPad (9th generation)
iPhone 8Plus iPad (8th generation)
iPhone SE (3rd generation) iPad (7th generation)
iPhone SE (2nd generation) iPad (6th generation)
iPad (5th generation)

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