Can my iPhone and iPad get iOS 10? I want to update to iOS 10 but I don't know if my Apple devices are too old to run the new software. Are older iPhones and iPads likely to slow down when they're updated to iOS 10?

Apple took to the stage at WWDC 2016 to show off iOS 10, and with the unveiling of the new mobile operating system came the announcement about which iPhones, iPads and iPods will be able to get it when it's released in the autumn. As the years go by and new iterations of iOS are released, iPhones and iPads become slow and sluggish, and sometimes they get dropped from compatibility with new iOS updates. This year the iPad 2 and iPad 3, the iPad mini 1, the iPhone 4s and the iPod touch 5G all miss out.

Here's a list of every Apple device that supports iOS 10:

  • iPad 4, iPad Air 1, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Pro 12.9-inch
  • iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4
  • iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE
  • iPod touch (sixth generation)

So if you've got an iPad 4 or later, an iPad mini 2 or later, an iPhone 5 or later, or a sixth-generation iPod touch, you can get iOS 10, for free, when it launches in the autumn.

Which iPads & iPhones can run iOS 10?

We discuss the categories in a little more detail below, and then go on to discuss the iPhones and iPads that can run iOS 9 further down.

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Can my iPhone update to iOS 10?

The question on everyone's lips is: "Will my iPhone be able to run iOS 10?" Now we know for sure, and it's bad news for iPhone 4s owners.

The following iPhones can update to iOS 10:

  • iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE

And we can expect autumn's new iPhone 7 to come with iOS 10 preinstalled, of course.

Should I update my iPhone 6s or 6s Plus to iOS 10?

Wait until the launch date in autumn and read our updated review, but in our opinion, you'll probably want to make the update. Based on the keynote announcements and our experience with the developer preview, it looks like a strong update with almost no down sides. And the 6s and 6s Plus will be able to run it without any slowdown.

Should I update my iPhone 6 or 6 Plus to iOS 10?

Yes. Again, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus shouldn't have any problems running iOS 10.

Should I update my iPhone SE to iOS 10?

Yes. Again, the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus shouldn't have any problems running iOS 10.

Should I update my iPhone 5s to iOS 10?

Once we get to the 5-generation iPhones it's worth waiting until you've heard confirmation from a reviewer or friend that iOS 10 runs without any slowdown on your particular model. The iPhone 5s is still pretty fast and capable and we don't expect any slowdown when it's updated to iOS 10, but to be on the safe side you should wait until launch and read up on the experiences of other iPhone 5s owners who've made the upgrade.

Should I update my iPhone 5c to iOS 10?

Maybe - you may find that the phone slows down when you install iOS 10. Wait until launch date and don't update until you've got confirmation from a trusted source who's made the update on an iPhone 5s that it doesn't cause any loss of performance.

Should I update my iPhone 5 to iOS 10?

Possibly not - you may well find that the phone slows down when you install iOS 10. Wait until launch date and don't update until you've got confirmation from a trusted source who's made the update on an iPhone 5s that it doesn't cause any loss of performance.

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Will my iPad get iOS 10?

Will your iPad be able to update to iOS 10? Not if you've got an iPad 2 or iPad 3, or an iPad mini 1, all of which have just dropped off the list this year.

Here are all the iPads that can get iOS 10:

  • iPad 4, iPad Air 1, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Pro 12.9-inch
  • iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4

Should I update my iPad Pro to iOS 10?

Yes. Wait until the launch in autumn and read our updated review, but in our opinion, you'll probably want to make the update. Based on the keynote announcements and our experience with the developer preview, it looks like a strong update with almost no down sides. And the iPad Pro models will be able to run it without any slowdown.

Should I update my iPad Air 2 to iOS 10?

Yes. Again, the iPad Air 2 shouldn't have any problems running iOS 10.

Should I update my iPad Air 1 to iOS 10?

The iPad Air 1 is still pretty fast and capable and we don't expect any slowdown when it's updated to iOS 10, but to be on the safe side you should wait until launch and read up on the experiences of other iPad Air 1 owners who've made the upgrade.

Should I update my iPad 4 to iOS 10?

Maybe - you may find that the iPad slows down when you install iOS 10. Wait until launch date and don't update until you've got confirmation from a trusted source who's made the update on an iPad 4 that it doesn't cause any loss of performance.

Should I update my iPad mini 4 to iOS 10?

Yes. The iPad mini 4 shouldn't have any problems running iOS 10.

Should I update my iPad mini 3 to iOS 10?

The iPad mini 3 is still pretty fast and capable and we don't expect any slowdown when it's updated to iOS 10, but to be on the safe side you should wait until launch and read up on the experiences of other iPad mini 3 owners who've made the upgrade.

Should I update my iPad mini 2 to iOS 10?

Maybe - you may find that the iPad slows down when you install iOS 10. Wait until launch date and don't update until you've got confirmation from a trusted source who's made the update on an iPad mini 2 that it doesn't cause any loss of performance.

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Macworld poll: Will you update?

Okay, now you know if you can update your iPad or iPhone to iOS 10 when it launches in September. Do you think you'll take the plunge?

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Forget iOS 10. Which iPads and iPhones can get iOS 9?

iOS 10 isn't coming until later this year - probably September 2016, alongside the iPhone 7 - and it's entirely possible that you're sitting there with a device running iOS 8 or earlier, and wondering if you can update to iOS 9. If so, read on to find out more about compatibility with iOS 9, Apple's current mobile operating system.

When a new version iOS is launched, promising exciting new features and a polished (or entirely revamped) interface, many Apple fans on slightly older devices are forced to make a hard decision: abandon their cherished old iPhone or iPad - which may get an incomplete feature set, run slower or fail to run the new iOS at all - or miss out on the new iOS update. Well, iOS 9 is here, along with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and it's jam-packed with great new features. Obviously the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus run iOS 9, but can your iPhone or iPad run iOS 9? And has the time come to upgrade your hardware in order to make the software upgrade?

Some Apple fans will be crushed to learn that their devices won't be able to run the iOS 9 operating system. But there's good news for iPad 2 owners. Here's the official list of iPhones, iPods and iPads that made the cut, and can run iOS 9:

  • iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Pro 12.9-inch
  • iPad mini, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4
  • iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE
  • iPod touch (fifth generation), iPod touch (sixth generation)

So if you've got an iPad 2 or later, an iPad mini of any kind, an iPhone 4s or later, or a fifth- or sixth-generation iPod touch, you can get iOS 9, for free. It's good news for everyone!

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Will my iPhone or iPad get slower if I upgrade to iOS 9?

It might. Lower-end iPads and iPhones may struggle with performance issues when upgrading from iOS 8 to iOS 9. (Or from iOS 9 to iOS 10, of course.) This was a cause of considerable frustration when iOS 7 launched - the iPhone 4 was the oldest iPhone that could run iOS 7, and it ran noticeably slowly compared to iOS 6. (Apple addressed this in iOS 7.1, but only partially.)

My iPhone or iPad isn't on the list of compatible devices. What happens to older models? What should I do now?

If your iPad or iPhone isn't on the list above you won't be able to download any further updates to iOS (with the exception of security patches). This isn't the end of the world, and your device will continue to work and run as safely as before - you just won't get to enjoy the new features in iOS 9 (and iOS 10, and so on). Some apps specify a minimum iOS version, but you will probably find your ageing device's processing power limits your choice of apps much more than the fact that you're still on iOS 8, at least for a while.

Now may be the time to upgrade your device. (If so, check out our iPhone buying guide and our iPad buying guide.) But if you don't want to, or can't afford an upgrade, you can quite happily continue to run your iPhone 4, say, or original iPad - assuming you are satisfied with their speed. Don't feel pushed into an upgrade just because your device is no longer supported for iOS updates.

Which iPads and iPhones ran iOS 8 and previous versions of iOS?

If you're interested in iOS history, here's a list of the devices that supported previous versions of iOS. We used these to observe the trends and make our predictions before the official iOS 10 announcements.

  • iPhone OS 3: iPhone 1 and later; iPad 1 and later; iPod touch 1G and later
  • iOS 4: iPhone 3G and later; iPad 1 and later; iPod touch 2G and later
  • iOS 5: iPhone 3GS and later; iPad 1 and later; iPod touch 3G and later
  • iOS 6: iPhone 3GS and later; iPad 2 and later; iPad mini 1 and later; iPod touch 4G and later
  • iOS 7: iPhone 4 and later; iPad 2 and later; iPad mini 1 and later; iPod touch 5G
  • iOS 8: iPhone 4s and later; iPad 2 and later; iPad mini 1 and later; iPod touch 5G

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