Early users can test iOS 16, iPadOS 16, and macOS Ventura before a fall release.
OS updates phase out outdated hardware. Some iPadOS 16 features are restricted to Apple M1-powered tablets. How can you know which iPads have the M1 chip and run iPadOS 16? We’ll explain.
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iPads with M1 chip
Stage Manager, Apple’s window-focused multitasking tool, is limited to M1 devices. Two ways to check if your iPad has M1: Check your device’s model number. Current M1-chip devices include:
2022’s 5th-gen iPad Air. It’s 64GB or 256GB. A2588, A2589, or A2591.
2021’s 5th-gen iPad Pro 12.9-inch. It’s 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB. A2378, A2461, A2379, or A2462.
2021’s 3rd-gen 11-inch iPad Pro. 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, 1TB, and 2TB. A2377, A2459, A2301, or A2460.
Alternatively, tap General > About in iPad’s Settings. The iPad’s model name should be at the top of the screen. You have an M1 device if you have an iPad Air (5th generation), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (5th generation), or iPad Pro 11-inch (3rd generation).
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iPadOS 16-compatible iPads
Here’s a summary of which iPad models will get iPadOS 16 this fall, without Stage Manager or the M1 chip. iPadOS 16 is currently compatible with these devices:
iPhone (all models)
iPhone5 (3rd generation and later)
Tablet (5th generation and later)
Mini-iPad (5th generation and later)
Check your iPad’s Settings using the preceding techniques.
Enrolling in Apple’s OS public betas is easy. If you’re a rookie or don’t have an extra device to install betas, wait for the stable releases this fall.