Here are the iPad models that will be able to run iPadOS 16


Apple announced iPadOS 16 during its WWDC 2022 keynote earlier today, and it’s a pretty hefty update. iPads get support for the new Metal 3 API for gaming, a new Stage Manager for multitasking, and the ability to run desktop apps, among other things. But while these are great features, they won’t be available to all iPad owners. Apple has revealed which iPad models will get iPadOS 16 later this year, and a few devices are being dropped from the list.

While iPadOS 15 was available for all the same devices as iPadOS 14, the latest version removes two iPad models from the list: iPad Air 2, launched in 2014, and iPad Mini 4, launched in 2015 They’re both fairly old models, and they’ve been supported for a long time. These are the only two discontinued models, meaning all standard iPad and iPad Pro models can still run iPadOS 16 (if they support iPadOS 15, of course). Here is the full list of supported devices:

  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (8th generation)
  • iPad (9th generation)
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air (4th generation)
  • iPad Air (5th generation)
  • iPad Mini (4th generation)
  • iPad Mini (5th generation)
  • iPad Pro (1st generation)
  • iPad Pro (2nd generation)
  • iPad Pro (3rd generation)
  • iPad Pro (4th generation)
  • iPad Pro (5th generation)

Even with this year’s removals, many devices are supported, and some of them are also quite old. The oldest device on this list is the first-generation iPad Pro, launched in November 2015. Of course, it’s also one of the most expensive iPads, so it makes sense that it’s supported Longer. If you have one of the supported devices, iPadOS 16 will generally be available later this year, probably around September or October, if past years are any indication.

Of course, it’s worth noting that some of the new features won’t work on all iPads, especially the desktop apps and Stage Manager. These are exclusive to iPads powered by the Apple M1 processor, which are the fifth-generation iPad Pro and iPad Air.

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