iPadOS 16 waves goodbye to the iPad Air 2 but supports most more mature hardware


iOS 16 drops assist for a handful of generations of older iPhones, which include most hardware that made use of Apple’s A9 or A10 chips. Ordinarily, iPadOS follows go well with when iOS drops older components, but it seems like iPadOS 16 will be extra forgiving of iPads running older chips.

In accordance to Apple’s press release, iPadOS 16 will run on the subsequent versions:

  • Fifth-generation iPad and newer (that’s the one particular from 2017, the first $329 iPad).
  • iPad Air (3rd technology) and newer.
  • iPad mini (5th generation) and more recent.
  • All iPad Professional versions.

That signifies that 2014’s iPad Air 2 (which Apple sold for decades as a lower-value design, ahead of the $329 iPad arrived alongside) and 2015’s iPad mini 4 won’t assist the new OS but that most other types that can enhance to iPadOS 15 will also be able to run iPadOS 16. Apple could go on to give iOS and iPadOS 15 security updates for gadgets that can not upgrade to iPadOS 16, but we are going to need to have to wait around for confirmation right before we know that for guaranteed.

As with most Apple computer software releases, not all iPad components will be able to get benefit of every 1 of iPadOS 16’s new features. Some of the advanced options Apple bragged about, including virtual memory-swapping, involve an iPad Professional or sixth-gen iPad Air with an Apple M1 chip.

But by and large, Apple’s compatibility cutoffs for iOS and iPadOS seem to have far more to do with when units were being launched than they do with the hardware inside of. Hardware from 2014, 2015, and even 2016—the iPad Air 2, the Apple iphone 7, and the to start with-gen Iphone SE—is normally obtaining dropped. Hardware launched in or soon after 2017 is normally becoming supported.