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Tuesday, 14 September 2021

iOS 15 system requirements: Will it run on your iPhone?

The full release of iOS 15 will be available to download from 20 September.

But as always the question is - will it run on your iPhone? The answer is almost certainly yes, but you can find out more below. You can also check out our guide to all the iOS 15 features, too. 

This time, iOS 15 introduces a bunch of new features including upgrades to the Maps, Health, Weather, Wallet and FaceTime apps, new Focus features to help you concentrate on tasks, text recognition from photos, a new 'morning summary', redesigned notifications and an improved Siri.

Shared with You also surfaces stuff that's been shared with you in the relevant apps - so you'll see new photos in Photos, for example. There are also new separation alerts in Find My, too. 

Which iPhones support iOS 15?

iOS 15 is compatible with all iPhones and iPod touch models already running iOS 13 or iOS 14 which means that once again the iPhone 6S / iPhone 6S Plus and original iPhone SE get a reprieve and can run the latest version of Apple's mobile operating system. 

The only additions to this list are, of course, the very newest iPhone 13 series. 

  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone SE (first generation)
  • iPhone SE (2020 - second generation)
  • iPod touch (seventh generation)

Don't know what iPhone you have?

Check out: What iPhone do I have? Here's how to find out.

Will you get all the new features?

Sadly not all users will get all the features that have been announced as part of iOS 15. That's mostly down to the technology found on the device rather than Apple keen to limit what you can do. 

Apple has confirmed that the Siri on-device feature will only be available on iPhones or iPads featuring the A12 processor or above. The Apple A12 processor first appeared in the iPhone XS in 2018, the 2019 versions of the iPad Air and iPad Mini, and the iPad (2020).

Although the A12 is available on the new Apple TV 4K (2021), it currently won't be getting the new feature. 

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