Here is finally the list of iPhones supporting iOS 16:

  • All iPhones from 2022
  • iPhone SE (2022)
  • iPhone 13 Pro et 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 and 13 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro et 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 and 12 mini
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone 11 Pro et iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus

iOS version 15 could be installed on all iPhones since 2015’s 6s models . This is the same list of compatible devices as that of 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.

iOS 16 being logically a little more demanding in terms of processor power, graphics and RAM than iOS 15, and already acknowledging the excellent longevity of the iPhone 6s, it seems to us quite normal that the latter do not support iOS 16. 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 therefore follows the same fate as that of the 6s generation: no iOS 16 for it either. Finally, iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, despite their A10 Fusion chip, are also left out. They were released in 2016, the same year as the first iPhone SE, which still gives them a long life since iOS 10.

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