It’s always exciting when Apple announces the latest version of iOS or macOS. Not only are there a bunch of new features to try, but it’s a good way to get an old device running like new again by wiping it down and reinstalling it with the latest OS.
But this year, fewer devices will be able to enjoy the new updates. After supporting devices such as the iPhone 6 and iPad Air 2 through several generations, Apple has made a surprising number of cuts to this year’s compatibility list, and if you have a slightly older device, there’s a good chance you’ll need to buy a newer device to enjoy the newest versions. Here are the devices you’ll need to run the latest version of each OS:
While Apple didn’t remove any phones from the iOS 15 compatibility list last year, several iPhones won’t be able to upgrade to iOS 16 in the fall.
iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
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)
iPhone SE (first generation)
The good news is every iPad Pro Apple has ever made will be able to upgrade to iOS 16 (though only the latest models will be able to use the new Stage Manager multitasking feature. But if you have an older iPad Air or iPad mini you’re out of luck.
iPad (fifth generation and later)
iPad mini 5 and later
iPad Air 3 and later
iPad Pro (all models)
macOS 13 Ventura
It’s a bit of a bloodbath when it comes to the Mac. Several devices have hit the chopping block, including some models that were sold as recently as 2019.
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)
MacBook Air (2015-2017)
MacBook Pro (2015-2016)
Mac mini (2014)
Mac Pro (2013)
It shouldn’t be a surprise that Apple isn’t supporting the Apple Watch Series 3 with watchOS 9. But it is—mainly because Apple still sells it.
Apple Watch Series 4
Apple Watch Series 5
Apple Watch Series 6
Apple Watch Series 7
Apple Watch SE
Apple TV owners are the only devices to make it out unscathed. Every model that supported iOS 15 will support iOS 16 in the fall, though we assume the non-4K models aren’t long for this world.