iOS 16 release date, features, device list

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Apple just kicked off this year’s WWDC with a huge presentation, including iOS 16 and what’s new for it. From a little more personalization, cleaner notifications, to an improved HomeKit, and extra tidbits, here’s what’s going on with iOS 16:

iOS 16 release date

Apple traditionally releases a new version of iOS with its latest iPhones. So, of course, we expect the official iOS 16 to be released in early fall 2022. September, to be precise, if all goes well with the launch of the iPhone.

It’s worth noting, though, that impatient fans will be able to test beta versions of iOS 16 this summer. The developer beta is currently available to developers program members. Other users can wait for the public beta, which should be released sometime in early July.

How to install iOS 16 beta?

Once it’s available, it’s pretty simple: you just need to use the device you want to install the beta on and head over to You enroll the device, download a beta profile, and reboot the phone. After that, you can find the beta download in the system update submenu.

Usually public betas are fine and safe, albeit a bit buggy. Still, it’s a good idea to backup your iPhone before installing it. And we really mean backup – pull up that Lightning cable and actually use iTunes for a disk backup.

Which iPhones will get iOS 16?

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

However, iOS 16 is about to destroy two old iPhones and declare the end of their lifespan. Both iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 are dropped from the support list – iOS 16 can be installed on all iPhones from iPhone 8 and above

  • 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

Which iPads will get iPadOS 16?

Like the iPhones, the various iPad models get iPadOS updates for years. Apple has now announced official support for:

  • 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
  • iPad Air (2019), iPad Air (2020), iPad Air (2022)

iOS 16 new features

We’re already diving deeper into the iOS 16 beta, and we can tell you that there are tons of minor changes that weren’t even talked about at WWDC. So hold on for our full article coming out very soon!

That said, here are all the new features announced in a nutshell:

  • Lockscreen customization with widgets, animated images and cleaner notifications
  • More filters for Focus mode
  • Edit and undo send, mark as unread in iMessage
  • SharePlay in iMessage
  • Improved Voice Dictation
  • Quick actions with text captured from the camera
  • Photos – remove subject from background
  • Share digital keys in Wallet
  • Tap to pay on iPhone (no card readers required for merchants)
  • Apple Pay Later (split into 4 payments over 6 weeks, no fees and no interest)
  • Redesigning Apple Maps to More Areas
  • Sports scores integration on lock screen and with Apple News
  • Much improved Family sharing
  • iCloud Shared Photo Library
  • Security check
  • HomeKit opens up to more partners with new platform — Matter
  • Personalized spatial audio — use the iPhone camera to create a custom profile based on your ear shape
  • Quick Note – iPadOS’s quick note-taking feature

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