iOS 16 Release Date, New Features, Supported Devices, and More

iOS 16 is the next major update for iPhones and it is expected to be available to everyone later this Fall. As expected Apple has now released the first beta of iOS 16 to developers. The developer beta was released soon after the Apple Keynote on the first day of WWDC 22 event. The new update is packed with amazing features and so everyone is excited about it. Here you will know the iOS 16 Release Date, iOS 16 Features, and iOS 16 Compatible Devices list.

Most users already knew most of the features of iOS 16 through leaks that were available before the official announcement. There had been many rounds of leaks from different reliable sources and it looks like most of the rumors were true. And every week we see some new leaks on iOS 16. Now as Apple has already revealed all the new features of iOS 16, let’s find out everything about the iOS 16.

If you are an iPhone or iPad user then you must be excited for the iOS 16/iPadOS 16. And also you must be curious to know iOS 16 details. Let’s now check everything about the iOS 16 Release date, compatible iPhones, new features, and everything that is available.

iOS 16 Release Date

WWDC event for this year is scheduled to take place from June 6 to June 10. Worldwide Developer Conference is an event from Apple that takes place every year. And in the event, Apple talks about its upcoming software such as new iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, macOS, and more.

Apple finally announced the iOS 16 on the first day of the WWDC event. And it is a significant upgrade, especially the lock screen personalization. And soon after the Apple Keynote session, the iOS 16 Beta was released to developers. And Apple also mentioned the public beta that will be available in July. We think it will arrive maybe in the second half of July.

Finally coming to the iOS 16 Public Build, the stable build will be released This Fall. In the Fall Apple will host an event just like they have been doing for years. And at that event new iPhone will be released along with the iOS 16 public build. The big event may take place in September.

iOS 16 Features

So after many leaks and rumors, the iOS 16 is finally announced and the first developer beta of iOS 16 is also available. Apple announced iOS 16 with many new features and improvements on the first day of the WWDC event. Check out all the new features of iOS 16 and let us know which new feature is your favorite.

iOS 16 Features

Lock Screen:

Let’s start with the all new lock screen, because why not, it is where most of the changes have been done.

With iOS 16, you can now personalize your home screen as you want. On the lockscreen you can set any photo of your choice with other options like different font styles, set widgets, and other useful information.

  • Widgets – Available widgets include weather, calendar events, battery levels, activity ring progress, time zones, and more.
  • Multiple lock screens – You can create multiple lock screens and you can easily switch between them.
  • New Wallpaper Gallery – iOS 16 now has a new wallpaper gallery. From there you can select from various wallpapers including some animated wallpapers.
  • New Notification Layout – Notification will now show in a new layout that will not take much space on the lock screen.
    iOS 16 Features
  • Live Activities – At the same place as notification, iPhone with iOS 16 will show the live activity tracking feed such as food delivery tracking, scores, and more.

New Focus Setup & Filter

iOS 16 Features

Focus is already available but now it is easy to set up. Users can easily choose apps and people to receive notifications from when a particular focus is selected. Selecting Focus is now as easy as changing the lock screen. Switching to select Focus will filter distracting content from everyday apps.

Photo Sharing

Family members can share photos in a Library where connected family members can see and contribute to that library.


Messages also received useful upgrades. Users can now undo send messages and even edit messages within 15 minutes of sending the message.

Live Text & Photos

iOS 16 Features

Live text was already available but it is better. Users can pause the video at any time and can copy the text from that frame. And from any image users can copy any subject from the photo and share it with others.

Other Features:

  • SharePlay via Messages
  • Dictation
  • Maps improvements
  • Apple Pay Later
  • Share Digital Keys securely
  • Reimagined Home app
  • Manage child accounts easily
  • Next-generation of Carplay
  • Privacy and Security
  • More features available here

And a couple of weeks before the WWDC event Apple unveiled new accessibility features. And these features are also coming with iOS 16 which Apple has also mentioned on the iOS 16 official page. These features include Door Detection, Apple Watch Mirroring, Offline Live Captions, Sound Detection, and more.

iOS 16 Expected Features

iOS 16 Supported Devices

The iOS 16 does not come with a complete design overhaul, but it sure is a significant upgrade with useful new features. And I have no words for lock screen, it is just amazing. And without any doubt, iPhone and iPad users must be waiting for this big update. But will your phone get iOS 16? If you have the same question then you will get your answer here.

iOS 16 Supported Devices

Here we will be sharing the list of iPhones eligible for the iOS 16 update. The list is based on the official announcement done on the first day of the WWDC event. And it looks like there are more phones Apple pulls out from eligible devices than we expected based on leaks.

As you all know all the iPhones that received iOS 14 also received iOS 15 including the first gen iPhone SE and iPhone 6s. And it was expected that iPhone 7 or newer will get the new iOS 16, but surprisingly iPhone 7 series is also not eligible for the iOS 16. It is because the lock screen and some other changes require a better chip than used on iPhone 7. Check out the full list below.

Let’s check out the complete iOS 16 Compatible Devices.

  • Upcoming iPhone 14 Series
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone Xs
  • iPhone Xs Max
  • iPhone Xr
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • iPhone SE (3rd generation)

iPhone SE 1st Gen, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, and iPhone 7 Plus are no longer going to receive a new major update. However, these will keep getting security updates. No one can ask for more as these devices already received five or six major updates and that’s a lot considering premium Android phones get like four major updates at max.

So this was the detailed report on the iOS 16 Release Date, Supported Devices, New Features, and more. Soon public beta users will also be able to test the new iOS 16 somewhere in July. Are you excited about the iOS 16? Will you be trying its beta? Let us know in the comment section.

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Ashutosh singh

Computer Science graduate and tech enthusiast. Love testing new tech gadgets ever since my first windows phone from Samsung. Working as a technical writer for more than five years, and I believe I have also developed good SEO skills. In my spare time, I like watching movies, and playing games.

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