While iOS 16 was confirmed to be released on September 12, bringing a redesigned lock screen, better security features, and other cool new features, some older iPhones won’t have access to certain improvements.
For the most part, it makes sense – the chips inside some iPhones simply struggle with what’s available in the latest version of iOS, while some don’t have the necessary hardware to use certain features, like better portrait photos, for example.
As iOS 16 is compatible with iPhone 8 and iPhone SE 2 and above, you will be able to create your own lock screens without any problems, but you may find that some image editing features will be missing.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up what’s not available for certain iPhones, which might tempt you to start looking at the iPhone 14 or iPhone 13.
iPhone with a notch
This is an omission unique to some iPhones, as it only involves any iPhone that has a notch, due to the reduced space it gives to the top of the screen.
Since the debut of the iPhone X and the notch in 2017, the only way to view the battery percentage was through the Control Center, swiping down from the top right.
However, in iOS 16 there is a new setting that allows the number to be displayed in the battery symbol.
iPhone 8 and up
Joy Con Support
If you have some spare Nintendo Joy Cons, you can now pair them with your iPhone for games that support controllers.
iPhone XS and above
Remove subject from background
Arguably another feature as important as the redesigned lock screen in iOS 16, allowing you to long-press on a subject in a photo and then be able to drag it into another app.
Editing a photo with this feature can save you a lot of time if you just need your pet to use it in another image, for example, but it’s only available to owners with an iPhone XS and up.
A simple feature – if you need to input an emoji with your voice, in iOS 16 it’s finally possible, but only with an iPhone XS and above.
iPhone 11 and above
A new accessibility feature allows live captioning on a FaceTime call, so someone who is hearing impaired can read what the recipient is saying.
iPhone 12 and above
Another new accessibility feature where the LIDAR sensor is used on an iPhone 12 Pro and above, this is where it scans and detects objects and people for people who are visually impaired.