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Apple’s OS updates will support nearly all of the same devices this year

Tuesday June 8, 2021. 11:30 AM , from Mac Central
Apple might not guarantee OS updates when you buy a new Mac or iPhone, but it leads the industry when it comes to supporting older hardware with new software. And this year, it’s not removing any of the devices it currently supports, meaning the six-year-old iPhone 6s will get iOS 15 and the seven-year-old iPad Air 2 will get iPadOS 15.

The only OS that is losing support for the newest version is macOS, which drops a few 2014 MacBook Air and iMac models and the 2015 MacBook from compatibility. But it’s still an impressive level of support for a company with a massive installed base. Here’s the full list of supported devices for each of Apple’s operating systems:

iOS

iPhone 12iPhone 12 miniiPhone 12 ProiPhone 12 Pro MaxiPhone 11iPhone 11 ProiPhone 11 Pro MaxiPhone XSiPhone XS MaxiPhone XRiPhone XiPhone 8iPhone 8 PlusiPhone 7iPhone 7 PlusiPhone 6siPhone 6s PlusiPhone SE (1st generation)iPhone SE (2nd generation)iPod touch (7th generation)iPadOS 15

iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation)iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation)iPad Pro 12.9-inch (4th generation)iPad Pro 11-inch (2nd generation)iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation)iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation)iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st generation)iPad Pro 10.5-inchiPad Pro 9.7-inchiPad (8th generation)iPad (7th generation)iPad (6th generation)iPad (5th generation)iPad mini (5th generation)iPad mini 4iPad Air (4th generation)iPad Air (3rd generation)iPad Air 2watchOS 8

Apple Watch Series 3 and laterApple Watch SEmacOS Monterey

MacBook (2016 and later)MacBook Air (Early 2015 and later)MacBook Pro (Early 2015 and later)Mac mini (Late 2014 and later)iMac (Late 2015 and later)iMac Pro (Late 2017 and later)Mac Pro (Late 2013 and later)Update 5:10pm ET: Clarified the iMac compatibility.
https://www.macworld.com/article/348268/apple-isnt-dropping-support-for-barely-any-old-hardware-this...

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