iOS is a mobile operating system developed by Apple Inc. and was first released as iPhone OS in June 2007, coinciding with the launch of the first generation iPhone.[1] iPhone OS was renamed iOS following the release of the iPad, starting with iOS 4.[2] With iOS 13, Apple began offering a separate operating system, iPadOS, for the iPad. iOS is also the foundation of the newer audioOS and tvOS, and shares some of its code with macOS. New iOS versions are released every year alongside new iPhone models. From its launch in 2007 until 2010, this occurred in June or July, since then, new major versions are released in September or October. Since the launch of the iPhone in June 2007, there have been 17 major releases of iOS. The current major version of iOS is iOS 17, released on September 18, 2023.

Overview

Overview of iOS and iPadOS versions
Version Initial release date Latest version Release date Device end-of-life
iPad iPhone iPod Touch
iPhone OS 1 June 29, 2007 1.1.5 July 15, 2008
iPhone OS 2 July 11, 2008 2.2.1 January 27, 2009
iPhone OS 3 June 17, 2009 3.2.2 February 2, 2010 1st[a] 1st[a]
iOS 4 June 21, 2010 4.3.5[b] July 25, 2011 3G[c] 2nd[c]
iOS 5 October 12, 2011 5.1.1 May 25, 2012 1st 3rd
iOS 6 September 19, 2012 6.1.6 February 21, 2014 3GS 4th
iOS 7 September 18, 2013 7.1.2 June 30, 2014 4
iOS 8 September 17, 2014 8.4.1 August 13, 2015
iOS 9 September 16, 2015 9.3.6 July 22, 2019 2, 3rd, Mini[d] 4S 5th[d]
iOS 10 September 13, 2016 10.3.4 July 22, 2019 4th[e] 5, 5C[e]
iOS 11 September 19, 2017 11.4.1 July 9, 2018
iOS 12 September 17, 2018 12.5.7 January 23, 2023 Air (1st), Mini 2, Mini 3 5S, 6 6th
iOS 13 / iPadOS 13 September 19, 2019 (iOS)
September 24, 2019 (iPadOS)
13.7 September 1, 2020
iOS 14 / iPadOS 14 September 16, 2020 14.8.1 October 26, 2021
iOS 15 / iPadOS 15 September 20, 2021 15.8.2 March 5, 2024 Air 2, Mini 4 6S, SE (1st), 7 7th
iOS 16 / iPadOS 16 September 12, 2022 (iOS)
October 24, 2022 (iPadOS)
16.7.8 May 13, 2024 Pro (1st), 5th 8, X
iOS 17 / iPadOS 17 September 18, 2023 17.5 May 13, 2024
Legend:   Obsolete   Supported   Current   Beta
  1. ^ a b For the first generation iPhone and iPod Touch, the latest supported version is iOS 3.1.3, released February 2, 2010.
  2. ^ Released as iOS 4.2.10 for the CDMA variant of the iPhone 4.
  3. ^ a b For the iPhone 3G and iPod Touch (2nd gen), the latest supported version is iOS 4.2.1, released November 22, 2010.
  4. ^ a b For the Wi-Fi-only iPad 2, iPad (4th gen), and iPad Mini (1st gen), and for the iPod Touch (5th gen), the latest supported version is iOS 9.3.5, released August 25, 2016.
  5. ^ a b For the iPhone 5C and Wi-Fi-only iPad (4th gen), the latest supported version is 10.3.3, released July 19, 2017.

Releases

iPhone OS 1

Apple announced iPhone OS 1 at the iPhone keynote on January 9, 2007, and it was released to the public alongside the first-generation iPhone on June 29, 2007.[3] No official name was given when the iPhone was released, and Steve Jobs just said "iPhone runs OS X".[4][5] During the development phase of iPhone OS 1, "probably 16, 17 different concepts" were developed. Many on the team were skeptical of the feasibility of a touchscreen keyboard, and believed that users would prefer hardware keyboards. A number of different user interfaces were prototyped, including one that involved a multi-touch click-wheel.[6]

iPhone OS 1 was criticized for its lack of support for Adobe Flash web content, copy and paste, and Bluetooth stereo headphones.[7] It also lacked support for third-party native apps, and only supported web apps,[8] which was criticized by reviewers and developers,[9][10] including John Carmack.[11]

iPhone OS 1.1 was the first version supported by the first generation iPod Touch.[12] iPhone OS 1.1.4 is the final version of iPhone OS 1 for the first generation iPhone, with iPhone OS 1.1.5 being the final version of iPhone OS 1 available for the first generation iPod Touch.[13] It was succeeded by iPhone OS 2 on July 11, 2008.[14]

iPhone OS 2

Apple announced iPhone OS 2 at a March 6 keynote,[15][16] and it was released to the public on July 11, 2008, alongside the iPhone 3G.[14]

iPhone OS 2 was the first release to have the App Store and to come with an official iPhone SDK allowing third-party developers to create native iPhone apps.[17][18] It also added many enterprise features, including Microsoft Exchange support through ActiveSync for push emails, push contact and push calendars, and support for IPsec VPNs.[16]

Apple did not drop support for any of its devices with the release; iPhone OS 2 was compatible with all devices released up to that time.[14] The release of iPhone OS 2.1.1 brought support for the second generation iPod Touch.[19] iPhone OS 2.2.1 is the final version of iPhone OS 2. It was succeeded by iPhone OS 3 on June 17, 2009.[20]

iPhone OS 3

Apple announced iPhone OS 3 on March 17, 2009,[21] and it was released to the public on June 17, 2009, alongside the iPhone 3GS. Apple did not drop support for any devices with this release. iPhone OS 3 was compatible with all devices released up to that time, but not all features were available on the original iPhone.[20] The final release supported on the original iPhone and iPod Touch (1st generation) is iPhone OS 3.1.3.[22] The first iPad was introduced along with iPhone OS 3.2.[23][24] iPhone OS 3 was succeeded by iOS 4 on June 21, 2010.[25]

iPhone OS 3 was the first version to support cut, copy and paste.[26] The feature had previously only been available through jailbreaking.[27]

iOS 4

Apple announced iOS 4 in April 2010,[28] and released it to the public on June 21, 2010, alongside the iPhone 4.[25] It was the first version of the operating system to be called "iOS", due to the iPad being released. With this release, Apple dropped support for the original iPhone and the first generation iPod Touch, which is the first time Apple had dropped support for any device in an iOS release.[25] The iPhone 3G and the second generation iPod Touch were capable of running iOS 4, but had more limited features. For example, both devices lacked multitasking,[29] and the ability to set a custom home screen wallpaper.[30] This was also the first major release to be free of charge for iPod Touch users.[25] The release of iOS 4.2.1 brought compatibility to the original iPad[31] and was the final release supported on the iPhone 3G and 2nd generation iPod Touch due to significant performance issues. The release of iOS 4.3 added support for the iPad 2.[32] It was succeeded by iOS 5 on October 12, 2011.[33]

iOS 5

Apple announced iOS 5 on June 6, 2011, at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event,[33] and it was released to the public on October 12, 2011, alongside the iPhone 4S. With this release, Apple did not drop support for these devices,[34] though support for the iPhone 3G and the iPod Touch (2nd generation) had already been dropped with iOS 4.3 seven months earlier due to hardware limitations and performance issues.[32] The release of iOS 5.1 brought support for the iPad (3rd generation).[35] iOS 5.1.1 was the final release supported for the iPad (1st generation) and iPod Touch (3rd generation).[36][37] iOS 5.0 was also the last iOS version announced while Steve Jobs was alive.[38] It was succeeded by iOS 6 on September 19, 2012.[39]

iOS 6

Apple announced iOS 6 on June 11, 2012, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 19, 2012, alongside the iPhone 5, iPod Touch (5th generation), and iPad (4th generation). With this release, Apple dropped support for the iPod Touch (3rd generation) and the iPad (1st generation) due to performance issues, and offered only limited support on the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch (4th generation).[40] The iPhone 4 onwards, the iPod Touch (5th generation), the iPad 2 onwards, and the iPad Mini (1st generation) were fully supported.[41] iOS 6.1.6 was the final release supported for the iPhone 3GS and iPod Touch (4th generation). It was succeeded by iOS 7 on September 18, 2013.

iOS 7

Apple announced iOS 7 on June 10, 2013, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 18, 2013, alongside the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S. With this release, Apple dropped support for the iPhone 3GS due to hardware limitations and the iPod Touch (4th generation) due to performance issues. iOS 7 has limited support on the iPad 2 and the iPhone 4 since they do not support Siri. However, other devices from the iPhone 4S onwards, iPod Touch (5th generation) onwards, the iPad (3rd generation) onwards, and the iPad Mini (1st generation) onwards were fully supported. The release of iOS 7.0.3 brought support for the iPad Air and iPad Mini 2. iOS 7.1.2 was the final release on the iPhone 4. iOS 7 is the first iOS version to support 64-bit processors. It is also the first iOS version to run 64-bit apps. It was succeeded by iOS 8 on June 2, 2014.

Overview of iOS 7 versions
iPhone:
iPad: iPod touch:
Version Release date Features
7.0[42] September 18, 2013
  • Brought a complete overhaul and redesign of the iOS user interface, moving away from skeuormorphism in favor of flatter interface elements.
  • Redesigned the Notification Center and added additional functionality, such as accessing it from the Lock Screen or any other area in the operating system by swiping down from the top of the screen as well as introducing additional views: Today, All, and Missed.
  • Introduced the Control Center allowing easy access to various controls like the Flashlight, Camera, volume, media playback controls and various other controls such as AirPlay and AirDrop. It also allowed turning on/off various settings such as Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do not Disturb Mode and Rotation Lock.
  • Introduced a new system typeface called Helvetica Neue, replacing Helvetica used in iOS 6 and earlier.
  • Introduced support for iTunes Radio.
7.0.1 September 20, 2013 Only available on the iPhone 5s.
  • Enables the ability to use Touch ID to authenticate purchases made via the iTunes Store.
7.0.2[43] September 26, 2013
  • Fixes an issue that allowed users to bypass the Lock Screen despite being protected with a passcode.
  • Re-adds the ability to use the Greek keyboard layout when entering a passcode.
7.0.3 October 22, 2013
7.0.4 November 14, 2013
7.0.5 January 29, 2014
7.0.6 February 21, 2014
  • Fixed a security vulnerability involving connections made via SSL and TLS connections.[44]
iOS 7.1
7.1 March 10, 2014
7.1.1 April 22, 2014
7.1.2 June 30, 2014 Final release on iPhone 4.

iOS 8

Apple announced iOS 8 on June 2, 2014, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 17, 2014, alongside the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. With this release, Apple dropped support for the iPhone 4 due to performance issues, and the Apple TV (2nd generation) due to hardware limitations. iOS 8 has limited support on the iPad 2, iPhone 4S, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Mini (1st generation), and the iPod Touch (5th generation),[citation needed] as Apple received widespread complaints of extremely poor performance from owners of these devices. All other devices from the iPhone 5 onwards, iPod Touch (6th generation) onwards, the iPad (4th generation) onwards, and the iPad Mini 2 onwards were fully supported. The release of iOS 8.1 brought support for the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 3, and the release of iOS 8.4 brought support for the iPod Touch (6th generation). iOS 8.3 was the first version of iOS to have public beta testing available, where users could test the beta for upcoming releases of iOS and send feedback to Apple about bugs and issues. The final version of iOS 8 was iOS 8.4.1. iOS 8 was succeeded by iOS 9 on June 8, 2015.

iOS 9

Apple announced iOS 9 on June 8, 2015, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 16, 2015, alongside the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus and iPad Mini 4. With this release, Apple did not drop support for any iOS devices, but support for Apple TV (3rd generation) has been dropped following the release due to 32-bit deprecations. Therefore, iOS 9 was supported on the iPhone 4S onwards, iPod Touch (5th generation) onwards, the iPad 2 onwards, and the iPad Mini (1st generation) onwards. However, iOS 9 has limited support on devices with an Apple A5 or A5X processor: the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Mini (1st generation), and iPod Touch (5th generation).[citation needed] This release made the iPad 2 the first device to support six major releases of iOS, supporting iOS 4 through iOS 9. Despite Apple's promise of better performance on these devices, there were still widespread complaints that the issue had not been fixed. iOS 9.3.5 is the final release on the iPod Touch (5th generation), the Wi-Fi-only iPad 2, the Wi-Fi-only iPad (3rd generation), and the Wi-Fi-only iPad Mini (1st generation). iOS 9.3.6 is the final release on the iPhone 4S, the Wi-Fi + cellular iPad 2, the Wi-Fi + cellular iPad (3rd generation), and the Wi-Fi + cellular iPad Mini (1st generation). iOS 9 is the last version to run on iPhones and iPads with 30-pin connector. iOS 9 was succeeded by iOS 10 on September 10, 2016.

iOS 10

Apple announced iOS 10 on June 13, 2016, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 13, 2016, alongside the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. With this release, Apple dropped support for devices using an A5 or A5X processor: the iPhone 4S, the iPad 2, iPad (3rd generation), iPad Mini (1st generation), and iPod Touch (5th generation) due to hardware limitations and performance issues, ending software support for iPhones and iPads with 30-pin connector and 3.5-inch display. iOS 10 has limited support on devices with 32-bit processors: the iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and iPad (4th generation).[citation needed] However, the iPhone 5S onwards, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad Air onwards, and the iPad Mini 2 onwards are fully supported. The release of iOS 10.2.1 brought support for the iPad (5th generation), and iOS 10.3.2 brought support for the iPad Pro (10.5-inch) and the iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 2nd generation). iOS 10.3.3 is the final supported release for the iPhone 5C and the Wi-Fi—only iPad (4th generation), while iOS 10.3.4 is the final supported release for the iPhone 5 and the iPad (4th generation) with cellular modem. iOS 10 is the final iOS version to run on 32-bit processors, including non–Touch ID iPhones. It is also the final version of iOS to run 32-bit apps. It was succeeded by iOS 11 on September 19, 2017.

iOS 11

Apple announced iOS 11 on June 5, 2017, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 19, 2017, alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus. With this release, Apple dropped support for the 32-bit iPhone 5, iPhone 5C, and iPad (4th generation) and also for 32-bit applications. iOS 11 has limited support on devices with the Apple A7 or A8 processors: the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, 3, and 4.[citation needed] However, all other devices from the iPhone 6S onwards, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPad Pro, and iPad (5th generation) onwards are fully supported. iOS 11.0.1 brought support for the iPhone X and iOS 11.3 brought support for the iPad (6th generation). The final version of iOS 11 to be released was iOS 11.4.1. iOS 11 is the first version of iOS to only run on 64-bit processors. It is also the first iOS version to run only 64-bit apps; 32-bit apps are not supported on iOS 11 or later. It was succeeded by iOS 12 on September 17, 2018.

iOS 12

Apple announced iOS 12 on June 4, 2018, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 17, 2018, alongside the iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR. With this release, Apple did not drop support for any iOS devices. Therefore, iOS 12 was supported on the iPhone 5S onwards, iPod Touch (6th generation), the iPad Air onwards and the iPad Mini 2 onwards. However, iOS 12 has limited support on devices with the Apple A7 or A8 processors: the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPod Touch (6th generation), iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 2, 3 and 4.[citation needed] All other devices from the iPhone 6S onwards, the iPad Air (2019), the iPad (5th generation) onwards and all iPad Pro models are fully supported. iOS 12.1 brought support to the iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 3rd generation) and iPad Pro (11-inch, 1st generation) and iOS 12.2 brought support to the iPad Mini (5th generation) and iPad Air (3rd generation). iOS 12.5.7 is the last supported release for the iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air (1st generation), iPad mini 2, iPad mini 3, and iPod touch (6th generation). It was the last version named "iOS" to run on iPads; it was succeeded by iOS 13 on iPhones and iPadOS 13 on iPads on September 19, 2019.

iOS 12 put a major focus on improving the performance of the operating system, especially on older iOS devices like the iPhone 6. Several areas that were focused on were the keyboard, made to appear up to 50% faster; app launch times, improved to be up to 40% faster; and the action to slide up to take a photo, made up to 70% faster.[45] However, several new features were also introduced with the update, such as Memoji, a feature that allows users to create "personalized emojis",[46] a new Screen Time feature to track device usage,[47] improvements to Siri, Apple's virtual assistant,[48] and Apple's book reading application, Apple Books (previously named iBooks), was given a significant redesign.[49]

iOS 13 / iPadOS 13

Apple announced iOS 13 on June 3, 2019, at its annual Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) event, and it was released to the public on September 19, 2019, alongside the iPhone 11 series (11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max). The principal features include an option for dark mode and Memoji support for A9+ devices. The NFC framework now supports reading several types of contactless smartcards and tags.[50] The iPad gains several tablet-oriented features, and its operating system has been rebranded as iPadOS; iPadOS 13 was announced at the 2019 WWDC as well. With this release, Apple dropped support for all devices with less than 2 GB of RAM, which included the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6, sixth-generation iPod Touch, iPad Mini 2, iPad Mini 3, and iPad Air. iOS/iPadOS 13 has limited support on devices with the A8/A8X chip (which are the iPad Air 2 and iPad Mini 4).[51] However, all other devices from the iPhone 6S and later, iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad Pro (1st generation), iPad (5th generation), and iPad Mini (5th generation) and later are fully supported (A9 and A10 devices have almost full support, while those with A11 and later chips have full support). iOS 13 brought support for the iPhone 11 series and the second-generation iPhone SE, while iPadOS 13 brought support for the seventh-generation iPad, the iPad Pro (12.9-inch, 4th generation), and the iPad Pro (11-inch, 2nd generation). It was succeeded by iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 on September 16, 2020.

iOS 14 / iPadOS 14

Apple announced iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 on June 22, 2020, at its annual WWDC 2020 event, with a developer beta released on the same day and a public beta released on July 9, 2020.[52] iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 were released on September 16, 2020, alongside the eighth-generation iPad and fourth-generation iPad Air. All devices that supported iOS 13 also support iOS 14. This makes the iPad Air 2 the first device to support seven versions of iOS and iPadOS, from iOS 8 to iPadOS 14. Some new features introduced in iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 include redesigned widgets that can now be placed directly on the home screen (only for iOS); the App Library, which automatically categorizes apps into one page; Picture-in-Picture in iPhone and iPod Touch; and the CarKey technology to unlock and start a car with NFC. iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 also allow the user to have incoming calls shown in banners rather than taking up the whole screen (the latter view is still available as an optional function).[53] It was succeeded by iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 on September 20, 2021.

The release of iPadOS 14.0 brought support for the 8th generation iPad and the 4th generation iPad Air and the release of iOS 14.1 brought support for the iPhone 12 series. iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 have limited support on devices with A8/A8X, A9/A9X, and A10 Fusion chips, whereas devices with A10X Fusion and A11 Bionic chip have almost full support, and devices with A12 Bionic chip and later have full support.[citation needed]

iOS 15 / iPadOS 15

Apple announced iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 on June 7, 2021, at its annual WWDC 2021 event, with a developer beta released on the same day and a public beta released a few weeks later, at the end of June 2021. All devices that supported iOS 13, iPadOS 13, iOS 14, and iPadOS 14 also support iOS 15 and iPadOS 15. This makes the iPad Air 2 the first device to support eight versions of iOS and iPadOS, from iOS 8 to iPadOS 15. However, iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 have limited support on devices with A8/A8X, A9/A9X, A10/A10X Fusion, and A11 Bionic chips, which include the iPhone 6S, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone SE (1st generation), iPod Touch (7th generation), iPad (5th generation), iPad (6th generation), iPad (7th generation), iPad Air 2, iPad Mini 4, iPad Pro (1st generation), and iPad Pro (2nd generation).[54] The release of iOS 15.4 brought support for the iPhone SE 3rd generation, while the release of iPadOS 15.4 brought support for the new iPad Air 5th generation. iOS 15 is the final version of iOS to work on the iPod Touch line, as the final model, the 7th generation, was discontinued without a successor. iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 were succeeded by iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 on September 12, 2022.

iOS 16 / iPadOS 16

Apple announced iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 on June 6, 2022, at its annual WWDC 2022 event, with a developer beta released the same day. Support for iPhone 6S, IPhone SE (1st generation), iPhone 7, iPod touch (7th generation), iPad Air 2, and iPad Mini 4 was dropped while the iPhone 8 and iPhone X have limited support,[55] and fifth, sixth, and seventh-generation iPads along with the first and second generation iPad Pros have limited support on iPadOS 16. iOS 16 is the first release to not support any iPod Touch models, as the line was discontinued by Apple in May 2022,[56] leaving the iPhone as the only supported product line. iOS 16 served as the version that shipped on the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro.

iOS 16 introduced several major new features to the operating system, such as a comprehensive overhaul of the lock screen which added support for widgets and various customization features such changing the font and color of the time and date display, more customization options for wallpapers, along with the ability to have multiple lock screens, the ability to edit and unsend messages sent via iMessage, support for Live Activities via ActivityKit (added in iOS 16.1), among other features.[57] iOS 16 also introduced support for a new update type entitled Rapid Security Response, a type of update that focuses only on fixes for security vulnerabilities, however this feature was not used until after the release of iOS 16.4.1.

Overview of iOS 16 versions
iPhone: iPad:
Version Release date Features
16.0 September 12, 2022
  • Introduces a comprehensive overhaul of the lock screen to allow customization such as adding widgets and changing the font and color of the time and date display, and introduces support for multiple lock screens.[57]
16.0.1 September 14, 2022 Minor bug fix update for iPhone 14 models. Fixes 4 bugs, including bugs that could cause iPhones to both fail to activate and fail to transfer data from older iPhones.[58]
16.0.2 September 22, 2022 Minor bug fix update. Fixes 5 bugs including bugs that could cause iPhone 14 Pro models to vibrate or shake when taking photos with third-pary apps and cause displays to go black during initial setup.
16.0.3 October 10, 2022 Minor bug fix and security update. Fixes 1 security vulnerability and 4 bugs including a crash bug with Mail.
iOS 16.1
16.1 October 24, 2022
  • Support for Matter, a device connectivity standard, was introduced.[59]
  • Adds "Clean Energy Charging", a feature that attempts to reduce carbon emissions when charging by selectively charging when cleaner energy is available.[60]
  • Adds the ability to remove the Wallet app, where previously it was unable to be removed.[61]
  • Adds support for the Live Activities API (also known as ActivityKit), allowing developers to create interactive user interfaces (UIs) that exist on the Lock Screen as well as the Dynamic Island of the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max.[62]
16.1.1 November 9, 2022 Minor security update. Fixes two remote code execution vulnerabilities, CVE-2022-40303 and CVE-2022-40304.
16.1.2 November 30, 2022 Minor bug fix and security update. Improves carrier compatibility and makes optimizations to iPhone 14's Crash Detection feature.
iOS 16.2
16.2 December 13, 2022
  • Introduces Freeform, an application that serves as a digital whiteboard and allows users to digitally collaborate on infinite canvases called "boards", with support for FaceTime and syncing via iCloud.[63][64]
  • Adds Apple Music Sing, a karaoke feature designed to allow users to sing along to songs by using machine learning to remove the vocals from a song while leaving in the instruments.[65][66]
iOS 16.3
16.3 January 23, 2023
  • Rolls out iCloud Advanced Data Protection, a service that allows users to use end-to-end encryption for backing up their data such as device backups, their messages and photos, and other data, worldwide.[67]
  • Adds support for using security tokens like the YubiKey with an Apple ID as an alternative security method to unlock a users' Apple device, such as an iPhone or iPad.[68]
  • Changes the behaviour of "Call with Hold" in the Emergency SOS options to rename it to "Call with Hold and Release", and to wait until the user releases the side button and either volume button before calling emergency services.[69]
16.3.1 February 13, 2023 Minor bug fix and security update. Fixes several bugs including a bug where Find My requests through Siri fail to work. 3 security vulnerabilities fixed.[70]
iOS 16.4
16.4 March 27, 2023
  • In Apple Music, a Profile button was added to Radio, Library, and Search, the size of playlist images in the Playlists tab was reduced, and the interaction overlay cards were overhauled by moving them to the bottom above the miniplayer.[71]
  • In Podcasts, a Channels section in Library was added, and support for Listen Now and Browse was added to Podcasts' CarPlay implementation.[72]
  • As part of the update to Unicode 15.0, support for 21 new usable emoji was added.[73]
  • Support for Sony's DualSense Edge wireless controller was added.[74]
  • 33 security vulnerabilities were fixed.[75]
16.4.1 April 7, 2023
  • First iOS 16 update to receive a Rapid Security Response security update.[76][77]
iOS 16.5
16.5 May 18, 2023
  • A dedicated Sports tab has been added to the navigation bar of Apple News that allows users to view news stories, scores, standings, and other information related to the teams and leagues that they follow.[78][79]
16.5.1 June 21, 2023
  • Minor bug fix and security update. Fixes a bug that prevented charging when Apple's Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter accessory was plugged in.[80]
iOS 16.6
16.6 July 24, 2023
  • Bug fixes and security enhancements.[81]
16.6.1 September 7, 2023
  • Bug fixes and security enhancements.[82]
iOS 16.7-16.7.2 (Supports devices that have not or cannot be upgraded to iOS 17)
16.7 September 21, 2023
  • Bug fixes and security enhancements.[83]
16.7.1 October 10, 2023
  • Bug fixes and security enhancements.[84]
16.7.2 October 25, 2023
  • Bug fixes and security enhancements.[85]
iOS 16.7.3 and later (Supports devices that cannot be upgraded to iOS 17)
16.7.3 December 11, 2023 Drops support for devices that can run iOS 17[86]
  • Bug fixes and security enhancements.[87]
16.7.4 December 19, 2023
  • Bug fixes and security enhancements.[88]
16.7.5 January 22, 2024
  • Bug fixes and security enhancements.[89]
16.7.6 March 5, 2024
  • Bug fixes and security enhancements.[90]
16.7.7 March 21, 2024
  • Bug fixes and security enhancements.[91]
16.7.8 May 13, 2024
  • Bug fixes and security enhancements.[92]

iOS 17 / iPadOS 17

Apple announced iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 on June 5, 2023, at its annual WWDC 2023 event, with a developer beta released the same day. With this release, Apple dropped support for the iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPad Pro (1st generation) and iPad (5th generation). iOS 17 has limited support on iPhones with A12 Bionic and A13 Bionic chips, which include the iPhone XR, iPhone XS, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone SE (2nd generation), while iPhones with A14 Bionic and newer chips are fully supported. As for iPadOS 17 however, it has limited support on iPads with A10 Fusion and A10X Fusion chips. Devices with an A12 Bionic, A12X Bionic, A12Z Bionic and A13 Bionic chips receive additional features that are not available on older models. A14 Bionic and A15 Bionic devices are almost fully supported and devices with an M1 and M2 chip are fully supported. iOS 17 brought support for the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models.

Overview of iOS 17 versions
iPhone: iPad:
Version Release date Features
17.0[93] September 18, 2023
  • Initial release of iOS 17.
17.0.1[94] September 21, 2023
  • Minor bug fix and security update.
17.0.2[95][96] September 26, 2023
  • Minor bug fix and security update.
17.0.3[97] October 4, 2023
  • Fixes issue that caused the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max to overheat.
  • Security fixes.[98]
iOS 17.1
17.1[99] October 25, 2023

AirDrop

  • Adding support to continue content transfer over the internet when out of AirDrop range.

Music

  • Expansion of favorites to include songs, albums, and playlists with a filter option in library.
  • Introduction of a new cover art collection that changes colors based on playlist music.
  • Addition of song suggestions at the bottom of playlists for easy music matching.

Other improvements

  • New display turn-off control options for iPhone 14 Pro, iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
  • Ability to select a specific album for Photo Shuffle on the Lock Screen.
  • Home key support for Matter locks.
  • Improved Screen Time settings synchronization across devices.
  • Crash detection optimizations for all iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models.
  • Resolution of an issue with incoming caller names not displaying during another call.
  • Addressing the non-appearance of custom and purchased ringtones as text tone options.
  • Correction of a keyboard responsiveness issue.
  • Other bug fixes
17.1.1[100] November 7, 2023
  • A bug that caused an iPhone's NFC features like Apple Pay and BMW's digital car key to fail after charging that iPhone with BMW's in-car wireless charging system that is also used in later model Toyota Supras was fixed.
  • A bug that caused the lock screen weather widget to display a file icon instead of snow was fixed.
17.1.2[101] November 30, 2023
iOS 17.2
17.2[102] December 11, 2023

Journal App

  • Introducing Journal: The app designed for recording life events, practicing gratitude, and enhancing wellbeing.
  • Journaling Suggestions: Intelligent grouping of activities and media to facilitate memory recording.
  • Filters: Easy access to specific entries, such as bookmarked ones or those with attachments.
  • Also: customizable reminders and notifications to maintain a regular journaling routine, Touch ID or Face ID options for security and iCloud secure and encrypted storage of journal entries.

Action Button (iPhone 15 Pro/Pro Max)

  • Added the translate feature to quickly translate phrases or have a conversation in another language.

Camera (iPhone 15 Pro/Pro Max)

  • Added Spatial Video, the 3D video capture for immersive playback on Apple Vision Pro.
  • Enhanced focusing speed for distant small objects on telephoto camera.

Messages

  • Added the catch-up arrow, a shortcut to the first unread message in a conversation.
  • The sticker option on the context menu lets you direct add a sticker to message bubbles.
  • Included the memoji body shapes customization.
  • Contact Key Verification now provides automatics security alerts and contact verification codes.

Weather

  • Precipitation amounts now displays rain and snow forecasts for up to 10 days.
  • Added new widgets options, like next-hour precipitation, daily forecast, sunrise and sunset times, and current conditions such as Air Quality, Feels Like, and wind speed.
  • Wind map snapshot now gives a animated wind map for the next 24 hours.
  • The of moon phases are available up to any day for the next month.

Apple Music

  • Added the Favorite Songs Playlist for easy access between music marked as favorites.
  • Listening history can be toggled off for privacy in Focus mode.

Additional Improvements and Bug Fixes

  • Siri: Voice-enabled private Health app data access and logging.
  • AirDrop: Expanded sharing capabilities and proximity-based pass sharing.
  • A new digital clock widget for when in StandBy.
  • AutoFill enhancement now identifies fields in PDF and other forms to easy fill them with data from your contacts.
  • New keyboard layouts for 8 Sámi languages.
  • Content Warning: Nudity filter for stickers in Messages.
  • Qi2 charger support for iPhone 13 and 14 models.
  • Fixes an issue that may prevent wireless charging in certain vehicles.
17.2.1[103] December 19, 2023
  • Bug fixes and security enhancements
iOS 17.3
17.3[104] January 22, 2024

Stolen Device Protection

  • Stolen Device Protection increases security of iPhone and Apple ID by requiring Face ID or Touch ID with no passcode fallback to perform certain actions
  • Security Delay requires Face ID or Touch ID, an hour wait, and then an additional successful biometric authentication before sensitive operations like changing device passcode or Apple ID password can be performed

Lock Screen

  • New Unity wallpaper honors Black history and culture in celebration of Black History Month

Music

  • Collaborate on playlists allows you to invite friends to join your playlist and everyone can add, reorder, and remove songs
  • Emoji reactions can be added to any track in a collaborative playlist

Additional Improvements and Bug Fixes

  • AirPlay hotel support lets you stream content directly to the TV in your room in select hotels
  • AppleCare & Warranty in Settings shows your coverage for all devices signed in with your Apple ID
  • Crash detection optimizations (all iPhone 14 and iPhone 15 models)
  • Bug fixes and security enhancements
17.3.1[105] February 8, 2024
  • Bug fix for issues causing text to unexpectedly duplicate or overlap while typing.
iOS 17.4
17.4[106] March 5, 2024

New European Union Regulation

  • Due to European obligations, Apple had to readequate its policies inside EU countries. The changes are applied only to users inside EU and comprise:
  • App developers in the EU can opt to offer alternative app stores or install their apps through alternative stores
  • Alternative Payment Options for apps with no longer a obligatory Apple's in-app purchase
  • Third-Party Browser Updates
  • NFC Access to Third-party payment apps and banks
  • Added Progressive Web Apps (PWAs) full functionality

Gaming Apps

  • Streaming game apps like Xbox Cloud Gaming and Nvidia GeForce NOW are now allowed on the ‌App Store‌ worldwide

Emoji

  • New mushroom, phoenix, lime, broken chain, and shaking heads emoji are now available in the emoji keyboard
  • 18 people and body emoji add the option to face them in either direction

Apple Podcasts

  • Transcripts let you follow an episode with text that highlights in sync with the audio in English, Spanish, French and German
  • Episode text can be read in full, searched for a word or phrase, tapped to play from a specific point and used with accessibility features such as Text Size, Increase Contrast, and VoiceOver

Siri

  • Siri has a new option to announce messages you receive in any supported language
  • The option to say ‌Siri‌ instead of Hey ‌Siri‌ is now available for French, German, and Spanish speakers

Additional Improvements and Bug Fixes

  • Added Stopwatch Live Activity for iPhone
  • Music recognition lets you add songs you have identified to your Apple Music Playlists and Library, as well as Apple Music Classical
  • The ‌App Store‌'s Purchase feature now shows account-wide purchase history for an Apple ID. It includes TV and movie purchases, music purchases, subscriptions, and app purchases
  • Stolen Device Protection supports the option for increased security in all locations
  • Battery Health in Settings shows battery cycle count, manufacture date, and first use on iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models
  • Call Identification displays Apple-verified business name, logo, and department name when available
  • Business updates in Messages for Business provide trusted information for order status, flight notifications, fraud alerts or other transactions you opt into
  • Apple Cash virtual card numbers enable you to pay with Apple Cash at merchants that don't yet accept Apple Pay by typing in your number from Wallet or using Safari AutoFill
  • Added hand gesture reactions for Video Apps
  • New City Digital Clock widget that can be added to the ‌Home Screen‌ or Lock Screen
  • Fixes an issue where contact pictures are blank in Find My
  • Fixes an issue for Dual SIM users where the phone number changes from primary to secondary and is visible to a group they have messaged
17.4.1[107] March 21, 2024
  • General bug fixes and security updates
  • Build number 21E236
17.4.1[108] March 27, 2024
  • Build number 21E237
  • Not available over-the-air. This version requires either a Mac or Windows PC to install this version.
iOS 17.5
17.5[109] May 13, 2024

New European Union Regulation

  • Following the recently new European obligations started with iOS 17.4, in this update iPhones starts being able to download and install apps from websites on EU countries.

Apple News+

  • Apple News+ now has an offline mode that provides access to the Today feed and the News+ tab even without a cellular or Wi-Fi connection.
  • Added Quartiles, a new and original daily word game that is now available in Apple News+
  • Scoreboard in News+ Puzzles gives you access to new player data for Crossword, Mini Crossword and Quartiles, including stats and streaks

Repair State

  • Added Repair State, a feature where an ‌iPhone‌ can be sent for service without deactivating Find My and Activation Lock.
  • A new "Remove This Device" option is available in ‌Find My‌, and using it with an ‌iPhone‌ puts the device into a repair state mode.

Third-Party Item Tracker Alerts

  • Added support for third-party item trackers, a partnership with Google that aims to identify Bluetooth trackers like Apple AirTags from being misused to track people without their knowledge.[110]

Podcasts

  • A new podcast widget now can be added to Home Screen or lock screen where background changes depending on the art of the podcast that's being played.
  • If you tap Spotlight Search and type podcasts into the search bar, you'll see recently played podcasts alongside the Podcasts app in your Top Hit bar across the top of your screen.
  • Now searching for specific podcasts doesn't make them appear in your Top Hit bar.

General

  • In the Apple Books app, Apple has redesigned the “Reading Goal” icon in top navigation bar.
  • In the Settings app, there is a new glyph for the “Passkeys Access for Web Browsers” menu under “Privacy & Security.”
  • New Pride collection wallpapers.
  • Mobile Device Management is now able to enforce a beta version during automated device enrollment.
  • General bug fixes and security updates

Hardware support

Supported iOS versions on the iPhone
iPhone models iPhoneOS version iOS version
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
iPhone                                  
iPhone 3G     4.2.1                          
iPhone 3GS                              
iPhone 4                            
iPhone 4s                          
iPhone 5                        
iPhone 5c                      
iPhone 5s                      
iPhone 6[a]                    
iPhone 6s[b]                  
iPhone SE (1st) 9.3                
iPhone 7[c]                
iPhone 8[d]              
iPhone X 11.0.1            
iPhone XS / XR[e]            
iPhone 11[f]          
iPhone SE (2nd) 13.4        
iPhone 12[g] 14.1 / 14.2[h]      
iPhone 13[i]      
iPhone SE (3rd) 15.4    
iPhone 14[j]    
iPhone 15[k]  
Notes:
  1. ^ Including iPhone 6 Plus.
  2. ^ Including iPhone 6s Plus.
  3. ^ Including iPhone 7 Plus.
  4. ^ Including iPhone 8 Plus.
  5. ^ Including iPhone XS Max.
  6. ^ Including iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max.
  7. ^ Including iPhone 12 Mini, iPhone 12 Pro and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
  8. ^ 14.1 on iPhone 12 and iPhone 12 Pro. 14.2 on iPhone 12 Mini and iPhone 12 Pro Max.
  9. ^ Including iPhone 13 Mini, iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max.
  10. ^ Including iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.
  11. ^ Including iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.
Unless otherwise specified, model variants (Mini, Plus, Pro, Pro Max) have the same support as the base model.
Supported iOS and iPadOS versions on the iPad
iPad models iOS version iPadOS version
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
iPad 1st 3.2                            
2 4.3                          
3rd 5.1                        
4th                        
5th 10.2.1              
6th 11.3            
7th 13.1        
8th        
9th      
10th 16.1  
Mini 1st                        
2 7.0.3                    
3 8.1                  
4                  
5th 12.1.4          
6th      
Air 1st 7.0.3                    
2 8.1                  
3rd 12.1.4          
4th 14.1      
5th 15.4    
6th 17.4
Pro 1st 9.1 / 9.3[a]                
2nd 10.3.2              
3rd 12.1          
4th 13.4        
5th 14.5      
6th 16.1  
7th 17.4
Notes:
  1. ^ iOS 9.1 on iPad Pro 12.9" (2015). iOS 9.3 on iPad Pro 9.7" (2016).
Supported iOS versions on the iPod Touch
iPod models iPhoneOS version iOS version
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
iPod Touch (1st) 1.1                              
iPod Touch (2nd) 2.1.1                            
iPod Touch (3rd) 3.1.1                          
iPod Touch (4th) 4.1                        
iPod Touch (5th)                      
iPod Touch (6th) 8.4                
iPod Touch (7th) 12.3.1        

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External links

  • iOS – official site
  • iPadOS – official site