Apple’s iOS 16 is compatible with iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, or newer

Apple’s iOS 16 device compatibility list excludes iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus and, of course, even earlier iPhones. The 4.7-inch iPhone 7 and 5.5-inch iPhone 7 Plus were released on September 16, 2016 and featured the Apple A10 Fusion. The iPhone 7 contained 2GB LPDDR4 RAM and the iPhone 7 Plus featured 3GB LPDDR4 RAM.

The iOS 16-compatible iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus were released on September 22, 2017. Those phones are powered by Apple’s A11 Bionic and featured 2GB and 3GB LPDDR4X RAM, respectively.

Apple’s iOS 16 is expected to be released in fall 2022.

iPhone 7 Plus in Jet Black
Apple’s iPhone 7 Plus in Jet Black

Apple’s iOS 16 is compatible with these devices:

• iPhone 13 Pro Max
• iPhone 13 Pro
• iPhone 13
• iPhone 13 mini
• iPhone 12 Pro Max
• iPhone 12 Pro
• iPhone 12
• iPhone 12 mini
• iPhone 11 Pro Max
• iPhone 11 Pro
• iPhone 11
• iPhone XS Max
• iPhone XS
• iPhone XR
• iPhone X
• iPhone 8 Plus
• iPhone 8
• iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)

MacDailyNews Take: Upon public release, Apple’s iOS 16 mobile operating system will support devices up to five years old – an eternity in tech time. If you want to run Apple’s latest, most modern iOS version, and you have an iPhone 7,iPhone 7 Plus, or older, you should upgrade your iPhone.

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  1. Thanks, Apple, for supporting my tiny iPhone SE (2016) such a long time. You’ll no doubt provide security updates for a few more years after iOS 16 is released. I’ll buy the 2022 iPhone SE soon. My old SE will become an “iPod touch” (with no SIM card), for use at home when my new SE is charging.

    1. FYI – iPhone 6s and 6s Plus are the oldest models currently supported with iOS, and will not be supported with iOS 16. They’re from 2015. So this upcoming release “cuts off” two generations of iPhone and the mid-year 2016 iPhone SE. But my iPhone SE was supported one year longer than I expected. The compatible list did not chance at all between iOS 14 and current iOS 15.

  2. MDN take on this is wrong. Apple will support iPads with as old or older processors. The iPhone 7 cutoff is wrong. Cancelling support for the 2016MBP is WRONG when Ventura will support way crappier MacBook and MacBook airs. This is just evil lazy gouging.

    1. Evil lazy comment from Zombie. iPads usually have more RAM and iPad variant processors. The only evil lazy one around here is a dead Zombie trying to trick living humans into believing awful BS

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