iOS 9 Compatibility & Supported Devices List

Jun 10, 2015 - 7 Comments

iOS 9 compatible devices

Apple is aiming to further improve and refine the iPhone and iPad experience with the release of iOS 9, and with many new features and enhancements, it’s sure to be a worthwhile system update for most users. Anytime a new version of system software is released though, users inevitably wonder if their devices will be able to run the next version, and that’s no different with iOS 9, but to answer answer that question we’re providing the full list of compatible devices.

To make things simple, if the iPhone or iPad is currently running either iOS 8 and iOS 7, or could be running either of those versions, then the same hardware can run iOS 9. Since many of us like to scan for their particular model iPhone or iPad, here is the complete iOS 9 supported devices compatibility list:

  • iPad Air
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Mini
  • iPad Mini 2
  • iPad Mini 3
  • iPad 4th generation
  • iPad 3rd generation
  • iPad 2
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPhone 5C
  • iPhone 5
  • iPhone 4S
  • iPod Touch 5th generation

The supported hardware list is directly from Apple, and was initially announced at WWDC during the iOS 9 unveiling. Apple also provides this handy compatibility chart (click to enlarge):

iOS 9 device compatibility chart

Do note that some features are only going to be available on the newer hardware. For example, some of the most exciting new multi-tasking features are limited to the iPad Air 2 or newer, and they won’t be included on older iPad models or any iPhone model at all. This will likely apply to some of the other iOS 9 features as well, though most seem to aim to be universal, and the improvements to battery life and performance should be felt and experienced all around. For those wondering, having certain features restricted to some particular devices is usually due to performance limitations, as the later iPad or iPhone models simply have faster processors and more hardware resources to devote to some features.

Obviously any hardware released near the iOS 9 public version debut this fall will also run the new system software, which is typically the case with new iPhones and iPad models.

iOS 9 devices

iOS 9 is not the only revised system software arriving this fall for Apple hardware, and OS X El Capitan system requirements are also quite generous for Mac, and of course the upcoming watchOS 2 will also run on all existing Apple Watch hardware. No matter what Apple hardware you have, this should be a fall full of solid software updates.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, News

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  1. Peter says:

    Thanks, this is exactly what I wanted to know. I’m debating joining the Public Beta for iOS, though I definitely am for Mac OS X El Cap because Yosemite is the worst, but iOS 8 runs OK on my iPhone, so maybe not there… decisions. I’ll probably buy a new iPhone this year anyway if it comes with a new camera, hoping for 12MP!

  2. mosquito says:

    I am more concerned about what will break or what I will lose to performance or time lost troubleshooting in another mess of a system update for iOS or OS X than what I will gain in any new feature. Who has time for all that stuff? We bought this gear, with a lot of money, so it would ‘just work’. Hope this just works, but I will sit on the sidelines and wait until other people jump aboard first, I learned my lesson with software updates!

  3. asad khan says:

    yr i can’t wait for ios 9 . i want to update my iphone in ios 9.

    so please help me dude.

  4. iynque says:

    maaaan… my iPhone 4 runs iOS 7, but, contrary to the article claiming any device with iOS 7 will run iOS 9, my iPhone 4 is not on the compatibility list. :(

  5. Paul Harwood says:

    I talked to an Apple representative today. She said it is unknown if the new OS X will have 10 bit color support. I really would like to have this, for photography and video. I really don’t like the idea of having to buy a box from a third party just to achieve 10 bit color support, which should already be on a Macbook Pro (late 2013). Also, my iPhone 5’s wifi capabilities are terrible, and the battery life is terrible as well. I did all kinds of troubleshooting for wifi, really hard to solve. Anyways, I am hoping the new OS X and IOS are legit!

  6. D C says:

    Does anyone know how to how get Roblox to work with OSX El Capitan installed – on both my Macs after installation i couldn’t play Roblox anymore.

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