While Apple didn’t remove any phones from the iOS 15 compatibility list, several iPhones won’t be able to upgrade to iOS 16 in the fall. The good news is every iPad Pro Apple has ever made will be able to upgrade to iOS 16 (though only the latest models will be able to use the new Stage Manager multitasking feature. But if you have an older iPad Air or iPad mini you’re out of luck. It’s a bit of a bloodbath when it comes to the Mac. Several devices have hit the chopping block, including some models that were sold as recently as 2019.
When Apple releases a new version of iOS or macOS, it’s always thrilling. It’s not only a good way to get an old device operating like new again by wiping it down and reinstalling it with the newest OS, but it’s also a good way to get an old device running like new again by cleaning it down and reinstalling it with the latest OS. However, fewer devices will be able to benefit from the new upgrades this year. After multiple generations of support for devices like the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, Apple has made a shocking amount of cutbacks to this year’s compatibility list, and if you have an older device, you’ll almost certainly need to upgrade. The following devices are required to run the most recent version of each OS:
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Apple isn’t supporting the Apple Watch Series 3 with watchOS 9. But it is—mainly because Apple still sells it. Apple TV owners are the only devices to make it out unscathed. Every model that supported iOS 15 will support iOS 16 in the fall, though we assume the non-4K models aren’t long for this world. Note: When you purchase something after clicking links in our articles, we may earn a small commission. Read our affiliate link policy for more details.