Version 16 of iOS should be announced in a few weeks, during the WWDC conference on June 6.
It should enter the beta test phase at the same time, to be delivered in the final version for all in the fall, on the new iPhones (iPhone 14 and 14 Pro, probably). But old iPhones can also benefit from it of course. Let’s see together which iPhone should support this major update to Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 16.
Which iPhone to support iOS 16?
iOS version 15 could be installed on all iPhones since 2015 6s models. This is the same list of compatible devices found in iOS 14 and iOS 13.
In sum, since iOS 13, Apple has not set aside any iPhone with its iOS updates. This is a point to emphasize, because the Californian firm is one of the manufacturers to support its mobile devices the longest. As we saw there, on average, an iPhone supports 4 or 5 major iOS updates. iPhone 6s and 6s Plus supported iOS 9, iOS 10, iOS 11, iOS 12, iOS 13 and iOS 14. That’s 6 major iOS updates. It has already happened that an iPhone is now for so long by Apple, the iPhone 5s for example (with iOS from 7 to 12).
On the other hand, never an iPhone supported 7 software updates. Also, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus were equipped with an A9 chip and 2 GB of RAM.
Assuming that iOS 16 requires a little more processor, graphics and RAM power than iOS 15, and already acknowledging the excellent longevity of the iPhone 6s, it seems quite likely that the latter do not support iOS 16.
But the iPhone SE, released a few months after the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, is also equipped with an A9 chip and 2 GB of RAM. It should therefore follow the same fate as that of generation 6s: no iOS 16 for it either. This hypothesis is also supported by the source code of iOS 15.5.
This would mean that iOS 16 asks the minimum one device with A10 processor.
Finally, here is the most likely list of iPhones that will support iOS 16:
- All iPhones from 2022
- iPhone SE (2022)
- iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max
- iPhone 13 and 13 mini
- iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max
- iPhone 12 and 12 mini
- iPhone SE (2020)
- iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone 11
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7Plus
Note that there is no longer an iPod present in the lot, since Apple has just announced the cessation of production of its iconic music player.
Notice to owners of iPhone 6s, the probable end of support for iOS 16 could push you to upgrade to a more recent model?
Also read all our iOS 16 articles, including the following:
– Official App iPhon.fr