Will your iPhone get iOS 16? Know everything

This story is part WWDC 2022CNET’s full coverage from and about Apple’s annual developer conference.

Apple’s next big iPhone update, iOS16, will bring a collection of new features to your iPhone. The next update, which was previewed on WWDC 2022adds new features, including the ability to edit messages you’ve already sent in the Messages appnew tools to personalize your iPhone such as the ability to customize the look of your lock screen and new automations for sharing images in Photo Libraries with friends.

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But all of these goodies will only be available to people who own the iPhone 8 and later models. This means that all phones introduced in 2016 or earlier, including the iPhone 6S, iPhone SE, and iPhone 7, will no longer receive software updates from Apple. It’s not an unexpected move, given that Apple regularly drops software support on older devices.

To be clear, your old device and all your apps should continue to work for now, even without updating all the shiny new features. But since you won’t receive any new iOS software updates, this could make your device vulnerable to hacks and malware, as software updates often include bug fixes.

Apple may continue to offer security updates to these older devices, as is the case with some older iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 devices. But even if this is the case, it is likely that the updates only include critical vulnerabilities and can still leave devices open to attack. To track all of these potential vulnerabilities and see if any security updates will be available, be sure to keep an eye out for Apple Security Updates.

To learn more, read everything Apple announced at WWDC 2022. This includes Watch OS 9, Mac OS Ventura and one Macbook Air M2.

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