Which iPads will get iOS 16?

Answered by Phillip Nicastro

As of now, Apple has not released any official information regarding which iPads will be eligible for the upcoming iPadOS 16 update. However, based on previous trends and the devices’ hardware capabilities, we can make some educated guesses.

1. iPad mini 5 (2019): The iPad mini 5 is relatively new and should be eligible for the iPadOS 16 update. However, we cannot guarantee this until Apple confirms it.

2. iPad mini 6 (2021): Being the latest iPad mini model, it is highly likely that the iPad mini 6 will receive the iPadOS 16 update. Apple usually supports their latest devices with software updates for several years.

3. iPad 9.7 (2017) and iPad 9.7 (2018): These models were released a few years ago and have already received several major software updates. While it’s uncertain, there is a possibility that Apple may exclude these older models from receiving the iPadOS 16 update.

4. iPad 10.2 (2019), iPad 10.2 (2020), iPad 10.2 (2021): The iPad 10.2-inch models are quite popular and are typically supported by Apple for a few years. So, it’s probable that these devices will be eligible for the iPadOS 16 update.

5. iPad Pro (all models): The iPad Pro lineup is Apple’s high-end range of tablets, and they usually receive software updates for an extended period. Therefore, it is highly likely that all iPad Pro models will be compatible with iPadOS 16.

6. iPad Air (2019), iPad Air (2020), iPad Air (2022): The iPad Air series has seen a resurgence in popularity with its powerful features. These devices should be eligible for the iPadOS 16 update, considering they are relatively new and have sufficient hardware capabilities.

It’s important to note that these are educated guesses and not definitive answers. Apple’s decision to include or exclude specific iPad models from software updates depends on various factors, including hardware limitations and device age. To know for certain which iPads will receive the iPadOS 16 update, we’ll have to wait for an official announcement from Apple.

In my personal experience, I have seen Apple support their devices with software updates for several years. However, older models eventually reach a point where they are no longer compatible with the latest software due to hardware limitations. It’s natural for technology to evolve, and as newer features and technologies are introduced, older devices may struggle to keep up.

While we can make educated guesses based on previous trends, it’s best to wait for Apple’s official announcement regarding the iPads that will support iPadOS 16.