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These iPhones will unexpectedly not get iOS 16 after all

Apple’s next major update for its mobile operating system iOS will not be released until fall 2022, but owners of some iPhone models should be prepared to go empty-handed.

Apple officially unveiled its next major update to iOS 16 at WWDC 2022. The new firmware brings numerous new features to iPhones and iPads. It is all the nicer that Apple will provide a majority of its devices with the update with the launch of iOS 16 in September. However, there are also models that do not meet the minimum requirements of iOS 16 and thus go empty-handed. And that also affects models that were probably not expected to.

These iPhones do not get iOS 16 anymore

While iOS 15 is still available for all devices that also support iOS 14, and thus no iPhones have been kicked off the update list, it looks different for iOS 16. Due to the extensive innovations and the resulting higher demands on the hardware, Apple is already cutting back on devices that could always hope for an update so far. According to Apple, five iPhone models will no longer get the update to iOS 16:

  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (2016)
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus

Users thus need to own at least an iPhone 8 to install Apple’s latest operating system. That sounds harsh in view of the previous availability of updates, but it’s actually not. After all, the iPhone 8 was already launched in 2018 and is thus already five years old. The models that have been removed from the list have even more years under their belt – many had expected that Apple would already sort them out in earlier update cycles.

iPads are also left empty-handed

There are also models of iPads that will no longer get the update to iPadOS 16 – the iPad Air 2 and the iPad Mini 4. The sorted out models are already from 2014 and 2015, so they are even older than the iPhones.

Update release to iOS 16 or iPadOS 16

Typically, Apple introduces its latest operating system together with the new iPhone generation. This year will be no different, so we will see iOS 16 along with the iPhone 14. The big keynote usually takes place on a Tuesday in September. A possible date would thus be September 6 or 13.


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  • iPad
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