Apple launches iOS 16, iOS 15.7, iPadOS 15.7, watchOS 9 and tvOS 9. List of compatible devices

Apple has officially released new software updates for its mobile devices. Surprisingly, we also have two software releases we weren’t expecting, which appear to be security updates for devices that fall behind with the update or don’t get the update to version 16 with the others. In addition to the new iOS and iPadOS versions, Apple also released the watchOS 9 update for the Apple Watch and tvOS 16 for the Apple TV.

For the first time, iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 aren’t released simultaneously

iOS 16 launched last night, September 12, around 8pm, as we had expected since last week. The new operating system introduces a new interface for the lock screen and changes a few other UI elements. I’ve already installed the update on an iPhone 11 Pro Max, already a three-year-old phone, and performance seems to be significantly smoother on the new iOS 16 than on the iOS 15 of the past, which already felt fine anyway. Basically, those with older series phones might get a small boost in perceived performance.

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Along with iOS 16, Apple also released iOS 15.7. This is a security update that allows some users to stay on iOS 15 for a while longer if they’re afraid of the teething problems of a new software version. It’s also the last update for the iPhone 6S and 7 series, so users of those can stay up to date with security updates should they use the devices again in the future. iOS 15.7 also comes alongside iPadOS 15.7, an interim version for the iPad, in anticipation of iPadOS 16.1, which will be officially released in October. At the same time, tablets like the iPad Air 2 and Mini 4 will remain on version 15.7 from now on.

On watches we have watchOS 9, a minor upgrade that comes with improvements to interpreting data collected by sensors during sports and sleep, a few new faces, and newly designed notifications. There aren’t too many new features that fundamentally change the way you use the Apple Watch. Last but not least, the new tvOS adds support for Nintendo’s e-controllers, such as Joy-Cons and the Switch’s Pro Controller.

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Here’s the list of devices compatible with Apple’s new operating systems

iPhone (iOS 16)

  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max
  • 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 X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE (3rd generation/2020)
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation/2022)

iPad (iPadOS 15.7)

  • iPad Pro (all models released to date – 2015-2021)
  • iPad Air (5th generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad (9th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad Mini (6th generation)
  • iPad Mini (5th generation)

Apple Watch (watchOS 9)

  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch SE
  • Apple Watch SE (2nd generation)
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch Series 7
  • Apple Watch Series 8
  • Apple Watch Ultra (first generation)

Apple TV (tvOS 16)

  • Apple TV HD
  • Apple TV 4K
  • Apple TV 4K (2nd generation)

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