iOS 16 Just Dropped Support for These iPhone Models « iOS & iPhone :: Gadget Hacks

The new iOS 16 developer beta was released on June 6, 2022, and there are more than a few iPhone models that didn’t make the cut. And for the first time, the iPod touch is left entirely off the compatibility list.

When iOS 15 came out, it supported all of the devices that its predecessor, iOS 14, supported. But the same cannot be said between iOS 16 and iOS 15. The iPod touch (7th generation) is finally retired from new major updates, which is not surprising considering Apple discontinued the iPod line in May 2022.

The biggest news is that five iPhone models with a Home button can no longer update past the latest iOS 15 software. That leaves only three iPhone models with a Home button and Touch ID that can upgrade to the iOS 16 firmware: the iPhone SE (2nd generation), iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus.

It’s always possible that the surviving Home button models will be retired in the following major update, iOS 17, but it’s too early to talk about that yet. In the meantime, here’s the complete list of what devices iOS 16 does and doesn’t support:

Not Supported by iOS 16

  • iPhone SE (1st generation)
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPod touch (7th generation)

Supported by iOS 16

  • iPhone SE (3rd generation)
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 8

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