So, iOS 13 is finally around the corner to be released this year. Will your iPad or iPhone be compatible to it? During the WWDC 2018, Apple has noted that they are focusing on performance improvements for its next operating system. It means iOS 13 will support almost all devices that are supported by iOS 12 currently.
If you are using iOS 12 these days, Apple will roll on the upgrade to iOS 13 later. If you don’t know about device support, listed here are the iPads, iPhones, and iPod Touch devices to meet the system requirements of iOS 13.
Why do we need to know the devices compatible to iOS 13?
To start with, you should keep in mind that Apple has equally excellent hardware and software staff. So, they are always on the race against time and with one another. The software team often goes ahead and sometimes hardware staff beats them. Technology is moving ahead always and it doesn’t wait for any person or team.
In addition, Apple operates a multi-million dollar company with a sole aim to make profit. If all of the existing Apple devices start supporting all of the OS versions year after year, who will buy latest Apple devices? As discussed earlier, technology is growing constantly. This is the reason iOS 12 has ditched iPhone 5c by not providing any support as it didn’t support 64-bit apps. The latest OS supports 64-bit apps only. So, Apple 5c cannot support 64-bit apps.
iOS 13 Compatible iPhone Devices
iOS 13 will be supportable to all iPhone models which were launched in 2013 or later. Here is the list of supportable iPhone devices –
- iPhone 5S (2013)
- iPhone 6/6 Plus (2014)
- iPhone 6s/6s Plus (2015)
- iPhone SE (2016)
- iPhone 7/7 Plus (2016)
- iPhone 8/8 Plus (2017)
- iPhone X (2017)
iOS 13 Supported iPad Devices
iOS 13 will be supported to some iPad models which were launched in 2013 or later. Here’s the complete list of supported devices –
- iPad Mini 2 (2013)
- iPad Air (2013)
- iPad Mini 3 (2014)
- iPad Air 2 (2014)
- iPad Mini 4 (2015)
- iPad Pro 12.9” (2015)
- iPad Pro 9.7” (2016)
- iPad Pro 12.9” 2nd Generation (2017)
- iPad 5th Generation (2017)
- iPad Pro 10.5” (2017)
- iPad 6th generation (2018)
iOS 13 – Supported iPods
Unfortunately, iOS 13 supports only one iPod model. Recently, Apple has moved away from the brand of iPod. So, there is no room to expect any improvements in this product line going ahead.
- iPod Touch 6th generation – 2015
Support – Full or Limited
Even if your device is listed above, keep in mind that you may not get access to all of the features of iOS 13 after upgrade. Some features have specific requirements related to processing power and hardware capabilities which are, hence, limited to only latest iOS devices.
It is still unclear exactly which features you will not be able to use in older devices. Well, iOS 12 restricted some of the features like ARKit (Augmented Reality) feature only to latest devices like iPhone 6s or latest, as well as TrueDepth camera and Face ID to iPhone X only.
What’s New in iOS for iPhone?
Along with bug fixes and performance upgrades, iOS 13 will bring a lot of cool and handy features. Here are some of the features that will add to your excitement –
Tongue Tracking on Animoji
Next generation Animojis will be even smarter. Stick your tongue out so it will detect your tongue and follow the same. Now you can create Animoji in iOS 13 and it is now called as Memoji. You can easily customize your skin color, look, outfit and hairstyle.
Apple brings new feature to Siri. These shortcuts will be helpful in day-to-day life, such as ordering coffee, finding keys etc.
With the help of Group Facetime, you can add around 32 people on conference video or audio call at the same time. When anyone talks, it raises their window and shrinks when they are idle.
iOS 13 beta
Can’t wait for the official launch of final iOS 13 version later this year? Give beta version of iOS 13 a try. Registered Apple developers are already using the initial beta update of iOS 13. At the end of June, you will be able to access a public beta version.
However, remember that iOS 13 is a pre-release OS and it may have bugs. Some of these bugs may even destroy your iPhone or iPad and make your data unusable. So, it is strongly recommended for you to avoid installing any beta software on their main device. Make sure to have robust data backups in case of data corruption and loss.