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iOS 16 release date, features, device list

Apple kick-started this year's WWDC with a massive presentation, introducing iOS 16 and what's new for it. A month later, the iOS 16 public beta is now out for anyone brave enough to try. From some more personalization, cleaner notifications, to an upgraded HomeKit and extra little tidbits, here's what's up with iOS 16.

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iOS 16 release date

We expect iOS 16 to be pushed out in mid-to-late September. Tradition dictates that there's an Apple event mid-September every year. There, Cupertino reveals the next generation of iPhones and officially showcases the final build of the latest iOS. After that, the new iPhones ship and old iPhones (the ones that are eligible) receive the latest firmware.

However, it's worth noting that impatient fans will be able to test out beta builds of iOS 16 this summer. The Developer Beta is currently out for members of the Developer Program. Anyone else can check out the Public Beta, which is already available to download.

How to install iOS 16 beta?

Grabbing a Public Beta from Apple is pretty easy — you just need to download the official profile settings for your phone. Just follow these simple steps:

  • Go to (do it with the device you want to install the beta on)
  • Sign in with your Apple ID
  • Choose device you want to download the beta for
  • Beta profile has been downloaded
  • Open Settings, you will see a message on the top prompting you to install the beta
  • Accept, then let the device restart
  • Now that you have a beta profile, go to Settings -> General -> Software Update. Download the iOS 16 beta

Usually, Public Betas are fine and safe, albeit a bit buggy. Still, it's a good idea to back up your iPhone before installing. And we mean really back up — pull up that Lightning cable and actually use iTunes for an on-disk backup.

To remove iOS 16 Beta profile:

  • Go into Settings
  • General
  • VPN & Device Management
  • iOS 16 Beta profile
  • Remove profile

Note: this will not remove the iOS 16 beta from your iPhone! However, when there is an official iOS update available, your phone will download that one and hop off the beta train.

Which iPhones will get iOS 16?

All iPhones from iPhone 8 and up (2017 and later). Here's a full list of devices that will get it:

  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPhone XS and XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14 series

This list is also made official on Apple's iOS 16 page.

Apple is well-known for supporting its devices long, long after release. iOS 15 was available to iPhones all the way back to the iPhone 6s — it was 6 years old at the time of the latest update.

However, iOS 16 is about to axe two old iPhones and declare their end-of-life status. Both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7 are falling off the support list — iOS 16 can be installed on all iPhones from the iPhone 8 and up.

Which iPads will get iPadOS 16?

iPad 9.7 (2017) and any model newer than that. The list consists of:

  • iPad mini 5 (2019), iPad mini 6 (2021)
  • iPad 9.7 (2017), iPad 9.7 (2018), iPad 10.2 (2019), iPad 10.2 (2020), iPad 10.2 (2021)
  • iPad Pro all models
  • iPad Air (2019), iPad Air (2020), iPad Air (2022)

This list has been made official by Apple.

iOS 16 new features

To get a full view of all the new features in action, be sure to check out our in-depth iOS 16 tips and tricks article. That said, here are all the announced new features in a nutshell:

Lockscreens now work much like watchfaces on an Apple Watch, letting you customize your experience further

  • More filters for Focus Mode
Fine-tune multiple different Focus Modes, which will change how your iPhone looks and feels depending on what you are doing

  • Edit and Undo Send, Mark as Unread in iMessage
More control over fixing mistakes in iMessage or tagging messages to respond to later

  • SharePlay in iMessage
Watch videos or listen to music while hanging out with friends over text chat

  • Improved voice dictation
Upgraded speech-to-text for the iOS keyboard

  • Quick Actions with text captured from the camera
When you take a picture of some text, iOS will offer contextual actions — translate, convert, navigate to, et cetera

  • Photos - lift subject from background
Tap and hold on an object and it will be cropped out of the picture. You can drag it to other apps to paste it there — as a sticker or a new image

  • Share digital keys in Wallet
Share the keys to your smartlock with a friend or family member, so they can come in and water your plants

  • Tap to Pay on iPhone
Accept payments through Apple Pay with just your iPhone, no extra bells and whistles required

  • Apple Pay Later
Split a purchase into 4 payments over the next 6 weeks, no extra fees or interest applied

  • Apple Maps redesign to more areas
Big, detailed 3D models of popular locations around the world, fully explorable in Apple Maps

  • Sports scoring integration on lock screen and with Apple News
Lock screen can have a real-time scores widget, Apple News will show you the scores that matter to you on the front page

  • Much improved Family Sharing
Set up a child's device easy, get suggestions for content limits, get reminders when child filters might need updating as the kid grows older

  • iCloud Shared Photo Library
Automatically share photos from gatherings and events, as soon as you press the shutter button. Photo edits are shared as well

  • Safety Check
For people escaping an abusive relationship, an easy way to check and remove shared location data and shared accounts with a former partner

  • HomeKit opens up to more partners with a new platform — Matter
Matter is a new platform for smart home accessories, created in partnership with multiple market leaders

  • Personalized Spatial Audio — use the iPhone camera to create a custom profile from your ear shape
The iPhone camera will be able to scan your unique ear shape and fine-tune Spatial Audio further

  • Quick Note - the fast note-creating feature from iPadOS
Quick Note puts a floating note on top of your screen. It is contextual, so you can pull up the same Quick Note every time you are on a specific website and continue taking notes for the same content
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