Apple is readying the next major update to its mobile operating system. Called iOS 14, it’s expected to be compatible with all iPhone and iPod touch models that are running last year’s iOS 13 update. Here’s everything you need to know.
What is iOS 14 and when will it be available?
Every year, Apple introduces a major new software update for the iPhone. This year, that update is thought to be called iOS 14, as it follows iOS 13 from the year before, and iOS 12 the year before that, and so on. Like those past iterations, an early test version of the software has leaked, revealing key features we can expect in the final release likely hitting iPhones this autumn.
If Apple follows the same release schedule it did for iOS 13, then we can expect iOS 14 to be previewed at the Worldwide Developers Conference this summer. Once it debuts, a beta version of iOS 14 will be provided to developers for testing and so they can ready their apps. Apple’s public beta testing group, which anyone can join for free, will then get to test the software next.
When the developer and public beta testing has wrapped up later this year, iOS 14 will officially release alongside the next crop of iPhones. We’re detailing everything we know about iOS 14 in this guide, which we plan to regularly update.
Which iOS devices will support iOS 14?
iOS 14 should be compatible with all iPhones and iPod touch models already running iOS 13, according to Israeli site The Verifier.
To be clear, iOS 13 is compatible with the iPhone 6s and later. Here’s a list of all the devices, just so you can double-check whether your iPhone or iPod touch will be able to run iOS 14 ahead of it going live:
- iPhone SE (2020)
- iPhone 11
- iPhone 11 Pro
- iPhone 11 Pro Max
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
- iPhone SE (2016)
- iPhone 6s and 6s Plus
- iPod touch (7th-generation)
Note: Keep in mind Apple hasn’t officially confirmed this list of supported devices, so it’s subject to change.
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Want to know more?
See our guide on iOS 14. We discuss all the big, new features expected.