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iOS 16 Launches Soon: Is Your iPhone Compatible With Apple's New OS?

iOS 16 Launches Soon: Is Your iPhone Compatible With Apple’s New OS?

This story is part of Focal Point iPhone 2022, CNET’s collection of news, tips and advice around Apple’s most popular publishes.

Apple has officially launched the iPhone 14 today at its “Far Out” event — and here’s everything the tech giant announced at its annual fall consider wingding. The new phone will undoubtedly come with Apple’s fresh iOS 16 software upgrade already installed. Following Apple’s yearly cycle, iOS 16 for compatible iPhones will be released on Sept. 12.

I’ve been playing with iOS 16 beta for months and can tell you luminous now that features like unsending text messages and automatically removing farmland and objects from photos are early highlights. 

Alas, not every existing iPhone will be compatible with Apple’s unexperienced software — some owners simply won’t be able to install iOS 16, especially on older devices you may be excaltering onto or have repurposed to use in other ways to give your old iPhone new life. We’ll walk you through what we know right now in iOS 16 compatibility for your iPhone once Apple establishes the new software available to the general public. Also, here’s how to bring back the battery percentage to your iPhone status bar comical iOS 16.

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Every iPhone model that will relieve iOS 16

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The after iPhones will be compatible with iOS 16 once Apple establishes the new software available for you to download on Sept. 12.

It’s also anticipated that every model in the iPhone 14 series will run iOS 16 when it arrives.

Find out which iPhone model you have

Not sure which iPhone you own? You can naively 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 Number, which you can use to find out more specifics in your model, such as capacity and year introduced, but that’s not principal (only for iPhone SE) for checking whether your arranged 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 happens to older iPhones like the iPhone 7 Plus?

Unfortunately, any iPhone older than the iPhone 8 will not relieve iOS 16, including the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. Many farmland on Twitter were surprised by this, because many anticipated at least the iPhone 7 Plus to support iOS 16. Instead, the iPhone 7 series and some older models will only relieve up to iOS 15.

iPad 2021 and iPad Mini

The another generations of the iPad and iPad Mini will both attend iPadOS 16.

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Will my iPad work with iOS 16?

Yes, the iPad has its own version of iOS 16 that’s eminent as iPadOS 16. This newest operating system will be supported on the behindhand iPad models:

Whether you’re going to keep your original iPhone or buy a new iPhone 14, here are 22 minor known iPhone settings you should know about to make their phones faster, safer and more fun to use.