These iPhones and iPads will get the big updates on September 20th

Apple has announced the release dates for iOS 15, iPadOS 15 and watchOS 8. The new OS versions will arrive on iPhones, iPads and Apple Watches from September 20th. We’ll tell you which devices are compatible and also take a look at update candidates for macOS Monterey.

With the fresh updates to iOS and iPadOS 15, macOS 12 and watchOS 8, Apple is bringing many new functions to its devices. The iPads in particular are getting some major features this year, which are supposed to make the devices even more productive. But iPhones, Macs and Apple Watches also get their money’s worth.

Apple announced the release date for the final versions of iOS 15 and iPadOS 15 in the course of introducing the iPhone 13 series. Are your devices included?



iOS 15: No losses to report

Apple’s software boss Craig Federighi announced iOS 15 during WWDC 2021. (Screenshot: t3n; Apple)

Contrary to the rumors from January 2021, according to which older iPhones such as the SE from 2016 or the 6s should be left out, Apple is gracious: All iPhones that have received the update to iOS 14 will be updated to iOS 15. This means that even models that came onto the market six years ago get the new software. Apple’s iPhone 13 series is shipped from the factory with the new OS version.

  • iPhone 12
  • iPhone 12 Mini
  • iPhone 12 Pro
  • iPhone 12 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (2016)
  • iPhone SE (2020)
  • iPod touch (seventh generation)



iPadOS 15: All models that received iPadOS 14 are included

iPadOS 15 comes with improved multitasking, among other things. (Screenshot: t3n; Apple)

The same applies to the iPads as to the iPhones: Apple is taking all models compatible with iPadOS 14 with them to the new OS version. However, as with the iPhones, it remains to be seen whether all iPads will receive the full range of features. It goes without saying that the new iPad and iPad Mini with iPadOS 15 are shipped from the factory.

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  • iPad Pro 12.9 (fifth generation)
  • iPad Pro 11 (third generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (fourth generation)
  • iPad Pro 11 (second generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (third generation)
  • iPad Pro 11 (first generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (second generation)
  • iPad Pro 12.9 (first generation)
  • iPad Pro 10.5
  • iPad Pro 9.7
  • iPad (eighth generation)
  • iPad (seventh generation)
  • iPad (sixth generation)
  • iPad (fifth generation)
  • iPad Mini (fifth generation)
  • iPad Mini 4
  • iPad Air (fourth generation)
  • iPad Air (third generation)
  • iPad Air 2



macOS 12 Monterey: Not all Macs get the update

Federighi macOS Monterey

Craig Federighi introduces Apple users to new macOS Monterey features. (Image: Apple)

With macOS 12 it looks a little different: some older Macbooks and iMacs won’t travel to Monterey with you. In addition to the 2015 Macbook, the 2013 Macbook Air and the Macbook Pro (Late 2013), the iMacs from 2014 also stay on macOS 11 Big Sur.

These Macs are Apple’s update candidates for macOS 12:

  • iMac (Late 2015) and newer
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013) and newer
  • iMac Pro (2017) and newer
  • Mac Mini (Late 2014) and newer
  • MacBook Air (Early 2015) and newer
  • MacBook (Early 2016) and newer
  • MacBook Pro (Early 2015) and newer

More details about the update: macOS 12 Monterey: Apple brings Mac, iPad and iPhone even closer together



Apple Watch: watchOS 8 for all models that got watchOS 7

watchOS 8 is in the starting blocks. (Image: Apple)

While there are some losses to report on the Macs, fortunately all Apple Watch models that are compatible with watchOS 7 also receive the major update to watchOS 8. The Apple Watch Series 7 comes with watchOS 8 from the factory.

  • Apple Watch Series 3
  • Apple Watch Series 4
  • Apple Watch Series 5
  • Apple Watch SE
  • Apple Watch Series 6

More about this: watchOS 8 brings these new features to your Apple Watch

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