Apple will release stable versions of its operating systems iOS 16 and watchOS 9 to all users of compatible iPhone and Apple Watch models on Monday, September 12.

iOS 16 was first unveiled by Apple in June and has been in beta testing for the past few months with app developers and members of the public beta testing program. iOS 16 is a major release, featuring a completely redesigned and customizable lock screen, the ability to temporarily edit iMessages, and more. We wrote about all the innovations in a separate article, which you can read here.

Unlike previous years, Apple is not releasing iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 at the same time. A new version of the company’s tablet operating system will be available later this fall.

iOS 16 is compatible with the following iPhone models, but some features may require newer models:

  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation and newer)

On the eve of the release of new generation Apple Watch in the end of this month, current Apple smartwatch owners will be able to upgrade to watchOS 9.

watchOS 9

To install watchOS 9, you will need a second-generation iPhone 8 or iPhone SE or a newer iOS smartphone. Apple Watch Series 3 owners will not receive an update that is compatible with Series 4 and newer devices. It’s worth noting that not all watchOS 9 features will be available on every Apple Watch and in every region.