Apple devices will no longer receive annual updates

Apple's announcements of the latest versions of iOS and macOS are always exciting. By wiping down an old device and reinstalling it with the latest OS, you can get it running like a new device by trying out all the new features.

The new updates will be available to fewer devices this year, however. Apple has made a number of cuts to this year's compatibility list after years of supporting devices like the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2, and if you have an older device, you may need to buy a newer device to enjoy the latest versions. The following devices are required to run the latest versions of each OS

iOS 16

Last year, Apple did not remove any phones from iOS 15 compatibility, but some iPhones will not be able to upgrade to iOS 16 in the fall.

Compatible devices

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus;iPhone X;iPhone ZR, XS, and XS Max;iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max ;iPhone 12 mini, 12, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max;iPhone 13 mini, 13, 13 Pro, and 13 Pro Max;iPhone SE (second and third generation)

Dropped compatibility

iPhone 6s;iPhone 7;iPhone SE (first generation)

iPadOS 16

All iPad Pros Apple has ever made will be able to update to iOS 16 (although only the latest models will have Stage Manager multitasking). However, older iPad Airs and iPad minis will not be able to upgrade.

Compatible devices

iPad (fifth generation and later);iPad mini 5 and later;iPad Air 3 and later;iPad Pro (all models)

Dropped compatibility

iPad Air 2;iPad mini 4

MacOS 13 Ventura

Mac users are experiencing a bit of a bloodbath. Some models sold as recently as 2019 have been taken off the market, among them.

Compatible devices

iMac (2017 or later);iMac Pro (2017);MacBook (2017 or later);MacBook Air (2018 or later);MacBook Pro (2017 or later);Mac mini (2018 or later);Mac Pro (2019 or later);Mac Studio (2022)

Dropped compatibility

iMac (2015-2016);MacBook (2016); MacBook Air (2015-2017);MacBook Pro (2015-2016);Mac mini (2014);Mac Pro (2013)

watchOS 9

WatchOS 9 won't support the Apple Watch Series 3 and it shouldn't come as a surprise. But it does, mostly because Apple still sells it.

Compatible devices

Apple Watch Series 4; Apple Watch Series 5; Apple Watch Series 6; Apple Watch Series 7; Apple Watch SE

Dropped compatibility

Apple Watch Series 3

TvOS 16

The only devices that survived are Apple TVs. All models that supported iOS 15 will support iOS 16 in the fall, though we expect the non-4K models to not last long.

Compatible devices

Apple TV (4th generation)Apple TV HD; Apple TV 4K (all models)None

For more stories like this

Explore our website