As Apple announced last week at the iPhone 14 event, iOS 16 is now available to download. The update rolled out to the public on Monday, September 12, bringing a fresh coat of paint to Apple’s mobile OS ahead of the iPhone 14 launch on Friday. As long as you have a compatible device, you can download iOS 16 right now.
What’s new in iOS 16?
There are a number of exciting new features in iOS 16, but the standout addition is the new Lock Screen. Apple completely redesigned the Lock Screen experience, giving iPhone owners the ability to set unique backdrops, choose the font and color of the date and time, set photos to shuffle throughout the day, and apply styles to photos.
Other additions include schedules for Focus, editing and unsending text messages, improvements to the Mail app, shared tab groups in Safari, Passkeys to replace passwords, Live Text in videos, upgraded Siri functionality, and a new dictation experience.
Which devices work with the new software?
If you want to know whether or not your device is compatible with iOS 16 or iPadOS 16, we put together a full list below containing every supported device. If your device is on the list, you’re good to go and you can get iOS 16 on your iPhone right now:
iPhone 14iPhone 14 PlusiPhone 14 ProiPhone 14 Pro MaxiPhone 13iPhone 13 miniiPhone 13 ProiPhone 13 Pro MaxiPhone 12iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 ProiPhone 12 Pro MaxiPhone 11iPhone 11 ProiPhone 11 Pro MaxiPhone XSiPhone XS MaxiPhone XRiPhone XiPhone 8iPhone 8 PlusiPhone SE (2nd generation)iPhone SE (3rd generation)iPod touch (7th generation)iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)iPad Pro 10.5-inchiPad Pro 9.7-inchiPad (7th generation)iPad (6th generation)iPad (5th generation)iPad mini (5th generation)iPad Air (3rd generation)How to download and install iOS 16
As you all know by now, installing the latest iOS or iPadOS update on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch could not be easier. Just navigate to Settings> General> Software Update and then tap “Download and Install” at the bottom of that page.
If you want, you can also install the update through iTunes by connecting your iOS device to your computer. Whichever method you choose, just make sure to back up your device before installing the update. You can never be too careful!
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