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Is my iPad compatible with iPadOS 16? Here is the complete list

All generations of iPad Pro are compatible with iPadOS 16, as well as iPad mini and Air from 2019 or later, and basic iPad from 2017 or later.

iPadOS 16 release date is October 24, 2022. However, many iPad users (including me) have got the wrong impression that the new operating system is already there. 

It’s because the news media and tech bloggers have been covering iPadOS 16 new features since July 2022. It’s when the public beta was released. 

You have read all of this:

  • “iPadOS 16 finally gets the Weather app”
  • “Collaboration is the new killer feature of iPadOS 16”
  • “Here are all the key enhancements in the iPadOS 16”

Then, on October 18, 2022, Apple released upgraded iPad Pros, as well as the all-new iPad 10.9. The devices themselves (especially the Pros) are not a huge step forward, so the iPadOS 16 became more important than before.

So, when you take your 5-year old iPad Pro 10.5, go to the Settings, tap “Software Update,” and check for the new update, you will see you can update the device to iPadOS 15.7 the latest. “Oh,” you may think, “my iPad is not compatible with iPadOS 16.”

Calm down. If you have bought your iPad Pro in 2015 or later or iPad in 2019 or later, you can enjoy all the benefits of iPadOS 16 on it. Just make sure to enable automatic updates or check the Settings after October 24, 2022.

iPadOS 16 full compatibility list

iPad OS 16 complete compatibility list
iPad OS 16 complete compatibility list: basic iPad, iPad mini, iPad Air, and iPad Pros (smaller and bigger) / Image: Apple

No matter which iPad model you have, if you have bought it in late 2019 or later, it’s 100% compatible with the latest iPadOS 16.

If you own iPad Pro, it’s 100% compatible with iPadOS 16, even the 1st generation 12.9-inch model you have bought back in 2015 – yes, the model which is now 7 years old!

iPad models compatible with iPadOS 16

Model Generation Release date
Basic iPad 10th
9th
8th
7th
6th
5th
2022
2021
2020
2019
2018
2017
iPad mini 6th
5th
2021
2019
iPad Air 5th
4th
3rd
2022
2020
2019
iPad Pro (smaller) 6th
5th
4th
3rd
2nd
1st
2022
2021
2020
2018
2017
2016
iPad Pro (bigger) 6th
5th
4th
3rd
2nd
1st
2022
2021
2020
2018
2017
2015

Are you interested in learning more about iPadOS 16? Here is the full list of features and enhancements.

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