iOS 16: Release Date, Supported iPhones, and Everything We Know So Far

Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2021 was streamed via the company’s YouTube channel where they announced the iOS 15 software update for iPhones. It is a major OS upgrade with powerful features that enhance the iPhone experience. The latest iOS 15 brings more natural facetime calls and shared experiences with shareplay. We also see tools to find focus, new notifications experience, on-device intelligence powers live text, advanced spotlight search, a redesigned browsing experience with safari, redesigned weather, redesigned notes apps and more. In this article, we will discuss everything we know so far about the next-generation iOS 16.

What is iOS 16?

iOS is a mobile operating system which is developed by Apple Inc. iOS 16 will be the sixteenth major release of iOS (formerly iPhone OS) that is in development to succeed iOS 15. It is the operating system that will power many of the company’s devices, including the iPhone. The iOS 16 could bring user interface changes, redesigned browsing experience, new privacy features and more.

iOS 16 release date

The upcoming iOS 16 could be announced in June 2022 at the Worldwide Developers Conference. But the software update itself won’t actually launch for another three months. So, it could be released to the public in September 2022.

ios 15 features

iOS 15 feature

Apple Beta Software Program

You can join the iOS beta program to try out pre-release software. The Program is open to anyone with a valid Apple ID who accepts the Agreement during the sign-up process. Initially, Apple will release the first developer beta of iOS 16 which is intended for developers only. However, they will also announce a public beta of iOS 16 later.

Once you become a member of the Apple Beta Software Program, you will be able to enrol your devices to access the public betas and try out the latest features. And using the Feedback Assistant app you can provide feedback directly to Apple.

How to install the iOS 16 public beta?

When the iOS 16 public beta is released, you’ll be able to install it using the following instructions.

  • Visit the Apple Beta page and click on Signup and then register with your Apple ID.
  • Now you need to log in to the program and enrol your iOS device.
  • Now head over to on your iOS device.
  • Download and install the configuration profile.
  • Your beta version will available in the Settings app, under the Software Update section.

Usually, apple offers software updates to old iPhones for up to 5 to 6 years. We expect next year will be no different. Wondering if your iPhone will be able to experience the upcoming iOS 16 update? then check out the below expected compatible device list.

Here is the expected list of iOS 16 supported iPhones

  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max

Will iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPhone SE 2016 get iOS 16 Update?

Apple is known for providing software support to its older iPhones. The iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, and iPhone SE 2016 came with iOS 9 and are now eligible for the iOS 15 upgrade. But it looks all of them will be missing out on iOS 16 support next year.

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