Does it run on your iPad?
(Pocket Ribbon) – Apple previewed iPadOS 16 at its Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in early June, detailing some of the features that will be arriving on compatible iPads later this year.
A feature called Stage Manager was announced with iPadOS 16, alongside a Weather app (finally), updates to Photos, Messages, and Mail, and a new Freeform productivity app.
You can read all about the new features in our iPadOS 16 roundup, but the bigger question might be whether your iPad is compatible with the new features. Read on to find out.
Which iPads support iPadOS 16?
The following iPad software from Apple supports most of the latest iPads, but not all.
The full list of compatible iPads is as follows:
iPad Pro (all models)iPad Air (3rd generation)iPad Air (4th generation)iPad Air (5th generation)iPad (5th generation)iPad (6th generation)iPad (7th generation)iPad (8th generation)iPad (9th generation)iPad mini (5th generation)iPad mini (6th generation)
Not sure which iPad you have?
If you’re not sure which iPad you have, there are a few ways to find out. Look for the model number on the back of your iPad at the bottom and correlate it with Apple’s website to find out which iPad it is.
You can also open Settings > tap About. Locate the model number in the top section. If the number you see has a slash, tap it to display the model number, which has a letter followed by four numbers and no slash. You have to go to the Apple website again to match your model number with the iPad’s name.
Will your iPad get all the new features?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question depends on the model of iPad you have. For example, Stage Manager requires the iPad Air (5th generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation), or iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation).
Reference Mode in the display is only available on iPad Pro 12.9-inch with Liquid Retina XDR display, while Display Scaling Mode iPad Air (5th generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation), and iPad Pro 11- inches (3rd generation). There are a number of other features that require an iPad with an A12 Bionic or A13 Bionic chip, so it’s something to be aware of if you have an older model.
Written by Britta O’Boyle.