iOS 16 Release Date, Features, Device List

Apple mobile devices run on a well-known operating system – iOS. Technically, their tablets run on iPadOS, which was forked from iOS in 2019, but in reality – they are essentially the same. iPadOS simply has a few extra features to take advantage of the iPad’s large screen and suite of accessories.

However, both iOS and iPadOS update around the same time and follow the same numbering scheme. This year, we expect to see iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 drop in late September with the latest iPhone release – as it usually does.

Latest iOS 16 news

The new features of upcoming iOS releases are usually not a tightly kept secret like new Apple devices. Cupertino usually spills the beans on software improvements they’re working on early in the year – roughly WWDC, which takes place in late spring or early summer.

On the flip side, iOS features aren’t actually focused on leaks, so – so far, we know very little about iOS 16 and iPadOS 16. Stay tuned because we’ll be pulling the threads of whatever bits of info that comes up!

iOS 16 release date

Apple traditionally releases a new version of the iOS operating system with its latest iPhones. So, if we assume that in 2022 the iPhone 14 will be launched in late September, that’s when we will get the first full version of iOS 16.

However, it’s worth noting that impatient fans will likely be able to test the iOS 16 beta versions this summer. Traditionally, Apple released a beta version of its latest operating system in the weeks since its unveiling at WWDC.
last year , The first beta of iOS 15 Public Beta became available at the end of June. If Apple stays on schedule, we’re expecting an iOS 16 Beta release in June as well — first, a Developer Beta, then a Public Beta, which is a bit more stable.

What iPhones will get iOS 16?

Apple is known for supporting its devices long after their release. iOS 15 was available for iPhones all the way to the iPhone 6s – it was 6 years old at the time of the last update.

According to the latest rumors (and by making an educational guess, based on Apple’s update history), iOS 16 will be available for the following iPhone models:

  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone XS and XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro and 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14 . series

What iPads Will Get iPadOS 16?

Much like iPhones, different iPad models have been getting iPadOS updates for years on end. iPadOS 15 came back last year with the iPad Air 2 (2014). Based on this data, it is reasonable to assume that these are the iPad models that will get iPadOS 16:

  • iPad mini (2015), iPad mini 5 (2019), iPad mini 6 (2021)
  • iPad 9.7 (2017), iPad 9.7 (2018), iPad 10.2 (2019), iPad 10.2 (2020), iPad 10.2 (2021)
  • iPad Pro all models from 2017 onwards

iOS 16 New Features

The new features of iOS 16 are pretty much a mystery at this point. iOS 15 was no small update — it brought major new features to FaceTime, allowing Android users to join in, a new Spatial Audio mode, new tagging and sorting of notes, system-wide translations, text recognition from photos and images, health updates and wallet scanning and redesign of Safari and Weather.

Basically, iOS 15 was a huge drop, and Apple usually uses the next major update to flesh out the features a bit more and work on stability. In other words, we’re not expecting big surprise bombshells with iOS 16, but only Apple knows if we’re wrong.

According to Mark Gorman, iOS 16 will add more health-tracking features to its already massive portfolio in the Health app. Additionally, there may be another update for upcoming notifications. Though, we don’t have any evidence yet.

Reportedly, early versions of iOS 16 were also filled with guides and references about Apple’s mixed reality/augmented reality headset. But the rumor mill says we won’t see the goggles launch at WWDC.

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