When will iOS 16 be released?
iOS 15 was only released in September 2021, so it’ll be some time before iOS 16 will grace our iPhones. But with that being said, we do have a very good idea of when it’ll be announced and when it’s likely to be released, because Apple tends to stick to the same schedule every year.
What’s that schedule? Apple tends to first announce the next version of iOS at its yearly developer-focused WWDC event that takes place in early June, likely alongside new versions of iPadOS, watchOS, tvOS and macOS.
It’ll then seed a beta version of the software to developers (and keen public beta testers) over the summer before being released in September, usually alongside the next-gen iPhone.
With that being said, we’re confident that we’ll get our first look at iOS 16 in June 2022, with a general release in September 2022 alongside the iPhone 14.
How much will iOS 16 cost?
As with every iOS update ever, iOS 16 will be a free upgrade for supported iPhone users.
Which iPhones will support iOS 16?
While Android smartphones offer two or three years of OS upgrades – and even that’s a relatively new thing – Apple is very good at making its mobile operating system available to as many smartphones as possible.
Take the iPhone 6s for example; it was released in 2015, at the same time as Samsung’s Galaxy S6. While Apple included the iPhone 6s in its iOS 15 update, the Galaxy S6 didn’t get an upgrade to Android 8, let alone this year’s Android 12.
Of course, it’s far too early to know for sure which iPhones will be able to get the iOS 16 update. We imagine it’ll depend, in part, on how much power the operating system needs to run.
If it’s more demanding than iOS 15 then it’s possible that the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus could drop off the list, but even if that happens, there are plenty of iPhones that’ll almost certainly get the update.
Here’s a list of supported devices for iOS 15, and we imagine it’ll be very similar, if not identical, for iOS 16.
iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone 13 Pro
iPhone 13 mini
iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 12 Pro
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone SE (2020)
iPhone XS Max
iPhone 8 Plus
iPhone 7 Plus
iPhone 6s Plus
iPhone SE (2016)