iOS 16.7.2, iPadOS 16.7.2, iOS 15.8, & iPadOS 15.8 Released for Older iPhone & iPad Models
Apple has released a series of software updates for older model iPhone and iPad devices, that have either not yet updated to iOS 17 and iPadOS 17, or are not able to run those versions of system software. The updates include important security fixes, and are therefore recommended for all users to install, especially if you are not going to install iOS 17.1 or iPadOS 17.1 on the iPhone or iPad, respectively.
Specifically, iOS 16.7.2 and iPadOS 16.7.2 are available for iPhone 8 and later, all models of iPad Pro, iPad Air 3rd generation and later, iPad 5th generation and later, and iPad mini 5th generation and later.
Meanwhile, iOS 15.8 and iPadOS 15.8 are available for all models of iPhone 6s, all models of iPhone 7, iPhone SE 1st generation, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4th generation, and iPod touch 7th generation.
How to Download iOS 16.7.2, iOS 15.8, iPadOS 16.7.2, & iPadOS 15.8 Updates
Eligible users can download the updates to your device by doing the following:
- Open the “Settings” app on the iPhone or iPad
- Go to “General”
- Go to “Software Update”
- Choose to update iOS 16.7.2, iOS 15.8, iPadOS 16.7.2, & iPadOS 15.8, depending on your device
- OPTIONALLY: If your device is eligible to run iOS/iPadOS 17, scroll down below the iOS/iPadOS 17 update notice to find the other updates available
Your iPhone or iPad must restart to finish installation.
IPSW Files for iOS 16.7.2, iOS 15.8, iPadOS 16.7.2, & iPadOS 15.8
Release Notes for iOS 16.7.2, iOS 15.8, iPadOS 16.7.2, & iPadOS 15.8
Release notes for each of the updates mention security fixes:
This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.
If interested in the security details, you can read more at https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201222
Separately, Apple has released iOS 17.1 for iPhone, iPadOS 17.1 for iPad, macOS Sonoma 14.1 for Mac, macOS Ventura 13.6.1 for Mac, macOS Monterey 12.7.1 for Mac, watchOS 10.1 for Apple Watch, and tvOS 17.1 for Apple TV.