The leaked iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 compatible device list reveals which devices will be compatible with the upcoming updates

Apple’s next software update, iOS 18, will be revealed at the upcoming WWDC in June.

Rumours are already swirling about which devices will support the latest updates for both iPhone and iPad.

According to a now-deleted post from a Twitter account with a reputable history of accurate iOS build leaks, the compatibility list for iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 has been revealed, providing a glimpse into Apple’s plans for its next major software releases.

According to the rumour, the list of iPhone models compatible with iOS 18 is extensive, potentially including:

iPhone models from the iPhone 11 series through to the anticipated iPhone 15 series

The iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR

Both the 2nd and 3rd generation iPhone SE

This lineup suggests that Apple is maintaining support for a broad range of devices, mirroring the compatibility list for last year’s iOS 17 update.

This continuity is notable, as Apple typically phases out support for older models with each new iOS version.

For instance, iOS 17 discontinued support for devices running on the A11 Bionic chip, like the iPhone 8 series and iPhone X.

The persistence of the A12 Bionic chip in the compatibility list shows that at the very least Apple is commited to extending the lifecycle of its devices, offering six years of software updates to the iPhone XR, XS, and XS Max.

However, it’s worth noting that while these devices may support iOS 18, their older hardware may limit the performance and availability of new, AI-driven features anticipated in the update.

Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman has hinted at significant AI enhancements, including a major overhaul of Siri and updates to Messages, Apple Music, and Pages.

Some of the older phones might have a bit of trouble keeping up with demanding AI-based tasks.

The outlook for iPadOS 18 compatibility is slightly less generous, particularly for older iPad models.

Rumors suggest that iPadOS 18 may not support devices with the A10X and A10 Fusion chips, which would exclude:

  • 2017 iPad Pro models
  • The standard iPad 9.7 (2018) and iPad 10.2 (2019)

This move would align with Apple’s usual practice of phasing out support for older hardware to ensure the best performance and user experience with new software features.

The A10 and A10X chipset is of an older foundry and has much larger manufacturing process as compared to the current M1 and A14 iPads.

The expected compatibility list for iPadOS 18 includes:

  • iPads from 2020 onwards
  • iPad mini models from 2019 onwards
  • iPad Air models from 2019 onwards
  • iPad Pro models from 2018 onwards

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