A new year, and also a new version of the iOS operating system for the iPhone. Yesterday, at the WWDC conference, Apple officially revealed iOS 16, and if you happen to be an existing iPhone user, you will likely want to know if your current device is officially supported by the US company for the upcoming operating system. So, the important question now is: Will my iPhone get the iOS 16 update or not?
iOS 16.0.0 Update
In fact, Apple is very good at bringing its upcoming devices to life via operating system updates, in the end we are talking here about a company that developed operating systems mainly before it was a manufacturer of electronic devices. But with that, nothing lasts forever! Of course, there are some phones that unfortunately will not get the iOS 16 update.
But with that, the upcoming system update from Apple for its phones is already coming for a very large number of iPhone devices, especially when you know that all the company’s phones since 2017 until now “five Years” will support iOS 16 for all its new features. Yes, it seems that iOS 16 will not come to iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus unfortunately!
What iPhones are eligible for iOS 16 update?
The phones expected to receive iOS 16 in the coming period were placed in the following order:
- iPhone 14 series (upcoming, out of the box)
- iPhone 13
- iPhone 13 mini
- iPhone 13 Pro
- iPhone 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 12
- iPhone 12 mini
- iPhone 12 Pro
- iPhone 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 10 (XS)
- iPhone 10 Max (XS Max)
- iPhone Xr
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone SE 2
- iPhone SE 3
New features are not coming to all supported iPhones!
Despite the large number of devices eligible for the latest iOS 16 update by Apple, not all of the phones mentioned in the previous list will get all the features of the new OS. For example, the new on-device dictation feature in iOS 16 announced yesterday requires at least an A12 Bionic processor or later, so if your phone is on an older version like iPhone Xs or Xr unfortunately you won’t get it even if your phone supports the upcoming OS.
The Live Text feature also coming with the latest update for the iPhone also requires a minimum A12 chip to be able to run, so any iPhone with a processor less than it will not get it. Yes, sometimes all you need is an extra piece of hardware!
What is the cheapest iPhone I can buy right now?
As the iOS system evolves greatly with each new release, in fact you will need to have your phone at least iPhone Xs, Xr or XS Max in order to enjoy the full experience of iOS 16. Other than the features that some phones will not get, Apple’s operating system also contains many other new features such as the ability to modify the lock screen and add notifications and widgets, Apple Pay improvements for electronic payment, the ability to send and edit messages later through the iMessage app, in addition to redesigning some default iOS app.
The iOS 16 beta update for developers has already been available for download and installation since yesterday, immediately after the end of the developer conference, and the public beta version will also be available in July 2022, and it is expected that we will see the stable version of it several months from now during the current year or early next 2023.