Which iPads will support iPadOS 16?

iOS 16 dégradé violet

It is during the next WWDC conference, on June 6, that Apple will present the novelties of its major updates to in-house software, iOS, iPadOS and macOS in particular. For iOS and iPadOS, it will be versions 16. We will discover these during the keynote. At the same time, the Californian firm will offer first trial versions for its OS, intended for developers. It’s only in the fall that everyone will be able to install iOS 16 or iPadOS 16 on their machine… Provided you have a sufficiently recent mobile device ! Indeed, as we saw in a previous article, there is a good chance that some iPhones will drop out this year and stay at iOS 15.

And for the iPad, it would be the same. Some models should not be able to support iPadOS 16. Let’s see the details on this subject.

Which iPads for iPadOS 16?

A10 chip and 3 GB of RAM

In our article about iPhones possibly compatible with iOS 16, we explain that, according to the data available to date, in particular concerning devices that supported iOS 15 and iPadOS 15, iOS and iPadOS 16 would not run only in the presence of an A10 processor or more recent model. Thus, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone SE of 2016 would be eliminated. Regarding the iPad, this means that the following models could not benefit from iPadOS 16:

  • 2nd generation iPad Air (2014): A8X processor chip
  • iPad mini 4th generation (2015): A8 processor chip
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2015): A9X processor chip
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro (2016): A9X processor chip
  • iPad 5th generation (2017): A9 processor chip
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We have also seen that the amount of RAM may be a key factor for iPadOS 16 support. So 3GB of RAM would be the union minimum to underpin the next version of the software.

Suddenly, the 6th generation iPad of 2018, despite its A10 Fusion chip, would not be big enough with its 2 GB of memory. It would therefore not join the club of Apple tablets supporting iPadOS 16 either.

The list of iPads that should support iPadOS 16

Taking these data into account, here is finally what the iPadOS 16 compatible iPad list should look like :

  • All iPads introduced in 2022 and later
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation (2017)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 3rd generation (2020)
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 4th generation (2021)
  • 11-inch iPad Pro 1st generation (2018)
  • 11-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation (2020)
  • 11-inch iPad Pro 3rd generation (2021)
  • 3rd generation iPad Air (2019)
  • 4th generation iPad Air (2020)
  • 7th Generation iPad (2019)
  • 8th generation iPad (2020)
  • 5th generation iPad mini (2019)
  • 6th generation iPad mini (2021)

We would still be surprised to see the very first generation iPad Pros disappear from the iPadOS compatibility list. But these are devices from 2015 (12.9 inches) and 2016 (9.7 inches), which is 7 and 6 years of update support. It’s already very good.

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Either way, be aware that the lack of iPadOS 16 or iOS 16 support on an older iPad or iPhone doesn’t mean the end of all Apple support. The Californian firm regularly offers updates for old OS. It is mainly a question of proposing security patches, but it is to know all the same: the Californian firm does not abandon (completely) the users of old smartphones or tablets.

Appointment next June 6 to see if we were right with our predictions about machines supporting iOS 16 and iPadOS 16.

Also read all our iPadOS 16 articles and iOS 16 news, including the following:

 - Official App iPhon.fr

– Official App iPhon.fr

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