Apple’s next operating system upgrade for iPhones, iOS 16, is scheduled for release 2022 Q3. However, based on the latest data in ScientiaMobile’s Mobile Overview Report (MOVR), 11% (based on usage) of iPhones will not be compatible with the upgrade.
iOS 16 Beta
Currently, Apple has iOS 16 in beta testing. From Apple’s preview, iOS 16 will have new “personalization features, deeper intelligence, and seamless ways to communicate and share.” These new features involve lock screens, notifications, focus filters, messaging, smarter dictation, and many more enhancements that will improve various apps.
Not All iPhones are Compatible
However, not all iPhones are listed as compatible. All recent iPhones will support iOS 16, but if you have an iPhone 7 or older, then you are out of luck. Your OS upgrade path will stop with the most recent version, 15.6.
This means that iPhones stuck at 15.6 will miss out on key features, like security updates that patch vulnerabilities and keep malicious actors from gaining access to your phone.
ScientiaMobile surveys smartphone usage around the world for its MOVR report. In its latest edition covering 2022 Q2, we analyze what percent of iPhone usage will not be compatible with iOS 16. 11% of iPhone usage will not be compatible with iOS 16.
MOVR details the iPhone models that make up this 11%. The largest share comes from the iPhone 7 Plus (4.09%) and iPhone 7 Plus (3.29%).
iPhones Not Compatible with iOS 16
|iPhone||% of iPhone Usage|
|Apple iPhone 7 Plus||4.09%|
|Apple iPhone 7||3.29%|
|Apple iPhone 6S||1.85%|
|Apple iPhone 6S Plus||1.43%|
|Apple iPhone SE||0.34%|
|Apple iPhone 6||0.07%|
|Apple iPhone 6 Plus||0.05%|
To learn more about iOS 16 compatibility, iOS adoption trends, and other mobile device trends, subscribe to the MOVR report.