iOS 16 won’t make its way to iPhone models older than iPhone 8, Apple has confirmed after announcing its new iOS release. This simply means that if you have an iPhone 7, iPhone 6s, or the original iPhone SE, you will not be able to experience iOS 16. Similarly, Apple has quietly removed the Apple Watch Series 8 from its list of compatible Apple Watch models for watchOS 9. Both the new iOS and watchOS releases — in addition to iPadOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura — will be available for testing in July. in public betas and will be released later this year as free software updates to eligible hardware.

As stated on the iOS 16 Preview site, the new software is not compatible with the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and the original iPhone SE. The list of compatible models for the iOS 16 update starts with the iPhone 8 and iPhone SE (2020) instead. The iPhone 8, which debuted in 2017, is the oldest model in the list of eligible devices for iOS 16.

The iPhone 6s series was launched in 2015, while the iPhone 7 models and the iPhone SE came in 2016.

Despite being dated, all of these models got iOS 15 last year. This is different from how different Android smartphone manufacturers treat their existing users as they often use software update support for their older models. Nevertheless, companies including Google and Samsung have begun to make a change on that front by promising to seed software upgrades for up to four years and security updates for up to five years for their select models.

The list of devices that are not eligible to receive iOS 16 also includes the iPod touch (7th generation) – the last generation iPod. The iPod touch (7th generation) debuted relatively later in May 2019.

As with the iOS update, Apple has confirmed on its website that the Apple Watch Series 3 will not receive the watchOS 9 update. The particular model was launched in 2017 and received watchOS 8 last year.

With the Apple Watch Series 3 ineligible for the update, the Apple Watch Series 4 has become the oldest model in the Apple Watch family to receive watchOS 9.

If you own one of the outdated Apple devices, you are now being forced by the Cupertino company to upgrade to newer hardware to get the latest software experience. But nevertheless, Apple is expected to continue to provide security updates for some devices that are not eligible to receive the latest software.

Separately, at its WWDC 2022 keynote Monday, Apple announced that public beta versions of iOS 16, iPadOS 16, watchOS 9, and macOS Ventura will be available for users to test in July. However, exact release dates are not yet known.

Before offering the new software versions as public beta versions, Apple released its new iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and macOS Ventura to developers who signed up for the Apple Developer Program. The company has released the first developer preview tvOS 9, without any pomp and circumstance.