iPhone 8 and later gets iOS 16, support discontinued for iPhone 6s, 7, and SE

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Yesterday at WWDC, Apple revealed the new version of its major operating systems – those that power its phones, tablets, watches and computers. Below are which of the existing devices will be updated to the new version.

iOS 16

iOS 16 adds widgets to the Lock screen, improves notifications, adds new features to Messages, and support for Apple Wallet to handle digital IDs and pay later. There is also an Always On Display feature.

iOS 16 supports iPhone 8/8 Plus and iPhone X models from 2017 and later. This means that some older version 15 devices — the iPhone 6s (from 2015), the original iPhone 7 and SE, and iPod touch (7th generation) — are no longer supported.

iPhone 8 and later gets iOS 16, support discontinued for iPhone 6s, 7, and SE

iPadOS 16

iPadOS 16 added enhanced multitasking capabilities and full support for external displays on iPads running M1. In addition, there are new collaboration tools for Mail and Safari, and the Weather app has arrived on Apple tablets along with other improvements.

The new version supports all versions of iPad Pro, iPad Airs (3rd generation and later), vanilla iPad (5th generation and later), and iPad mini (5th generation and later).

Compared to iPadOS 15, this results in lower support for iPad Air 2 (as of 2014, approximately 8 years old now) and iPad mini 4 (2015).

iPhone 8 and later gets iOS 16, support discontinued for iPhone 6s, 7, and SE

watchOS 9

Note that to run watchOS 9 requires a phone with iOS 16, which means that even if you have the latest Apple Watch, you also need an iPhone 8/X or later.

For the same watches, Apple Watch Series 4 and later are supported, as well as Watch SE. Series 3 support has been dropped.

iPhone 8 and later gets iOS 16, support discontinued for iPhone 6s, 7, and SE

For comparison, here are the devices supported by iOS 15, iPadOS 15, and watchOS 8:

iPhone 8 and later gets iOS 16, support discontinued for iPhone 6s, 7, and SE

iPhone 8 and later gets iOS 16, support discontinued for iPhone 6s, 7, and SE iPhone 8 and later gets iOS 16, support discontinued for iPhone 6s, 7, and SE

macOS Ventura

macOS Ventura works on Intel and Apple desktop and laptop computers, starting with the 2017 models of the MacBook (Pro) and iMac (Pro).

iPhone 8 and later gets iOS 16, support discontinued for iPhone 6s, 7, and SE

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