Can You Update Your iPhone to iOS 9? Here’s A List of Compatible Devices

The long awaited release of the most amazing mobile operating system, iOS 9 is finally coming to an end as UK and the rest of the world witness its launch on September 16th, 2015. Probably you have been waiting impatiently and as the release date approaches, you might be wondering if your iPhone or iPad can support iOS 9.

Apple did took the stage to unveil iOS 9 at WWDC 2015, accompanied by the divulge was a list of the iPhones, iPods and iPads that are fully compatible with the trendy mobile operating system. Even though iPhones and iPads are tagged to be at the bottom of iOS update table, as new iterations of the mobile operating system are introduced with years going by, the devices become more obsolete as their compatibility with the newly released iOS updates lowers.
If you own an iPhone or iPad device, you might be really interested in knowing if your device is compatible with iOS 9. Here is a list of Apple devices that can support iOS 9.

  • iPadThe iPad devices in this category include iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4 and iPad Air 2. iPad Air 3 and iPad Pro are also compatible with iOS 9, although they are yet to be launched at a later date.
  • iPad miniThese include iPad mini 2 and iPad mini 3. The compatibility also includes iPad mini 4 which also yet to be launched.
  • iPhonesThe range of iPhones compatible are iPhone 4s, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone5s, IPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. The compatibility also includes iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6c and iPhone 7 which are yet to be launched.
  • iPodThis includes iPod touch (5th generation).


So, if you have any of the above listed Apple devices, you can get a free download of the iOS 9 as soon as it launches. The reports that claimed that iPhone 4s will safely perform for another year were actually correct. Apple announced that all devices that currently run iOS 8 are fully compatible with iOS 9.

However, if you intend to avoid the hassles of downloading and installing iOS 9 on your device, you can opt for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6c or iPhone 7 which come pre-installed with the new mobile OS. If you own an iPad, you most probably don’t have to worry with compatibility issues as iPads usually last much longer before being culled. An iPad usually lasts three iOS updates after which it is culled. A good example is the iPad 2; a second generation iPad launched early 2011 and can still support iOS 8.

However, users still have to cope with the issue of slow speed for iPad 2 that runs iOS 8, so most probably its days are numbered. However, you don’t have to worry for the time being as Apple has made all iPads running iOS 8 compatible with iOS 9 as well.

Now that you know whether you can update your iPhone or iPad device with iOS 9 as soon as it launches on September 16th, will you take the dive?