At WWDC 2022 this morning, 7.6, Apple announced iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 with redesigned lock screens, improved Messages app, and a brand new multitasking mode for iPad.
Follow Neowin, developers can now download the first preview of iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 to install on their devices, while the public beta will be available next month soon. However, iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 will only be compatible with certain iPhone and iPad models.
iOS 16 is only compatible with iPhone 8 and later models
First, with iOS 16, users need one of the following iPhone models: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xr, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone SE 2020 and iPhone SE 2022.
So, Apple removed iOS 16 compatibility for a range of older iPhone models, including the iPhone SE 2016, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus. Basically, the latest iOS now requires the A11 chip or later.
On the iPad side, things are a little different. Like iOS 16, iPadOS 16 removes some older iPads, such as the iPad mini 4 and iPad Air 2. However, iPadOS 16 retains compatibility for tablets using the A9 and A10 chips. List includes all models iPad ProiPad Air 3/4/5, iPad mini 5/6 and iPad (5th generation or later).
If you want to try iOS 16 or iPadOS 16″, users need to join the Apple Beta Software program from the official Apple website. Note that running pre-release software on mainstream devices is not recommended as there may be many errors during use.