The iPadOS 14 list makes a surprisingly long list of devices – but my own 4th generation iPad didn't do the cut.
iOS 14 runs on iPhones from 2015 or newer or on the latest generation (2019) of iPod touch.
Big Sur runs on most Macs from 2015 and a handful of them through 2013.
watchOS 7 requires both an iOS 14-enabled iPhone and an Apple Watch of series 3 or higher.
Today's WWDC virtual conference unveiled countless new and exciting features for devices across the Apple ecosystem. If your device supports the latest version of its operating system, it will receive these functions free of charge in a wireless update. If you bought your Apple device new in 2015 or later, you've mostly done the cut – but there are some exceptions in both directions.
The Apple Watch line is the easiest to understand because there are so few models available. All Apple Watch models of series 3 or higher can be upgraded to watchOS 7 – at least as long as they are paired with an iPhone that can run iOS 14.
2015 and newer iPhone models can be upgraded to iOS 14. This includes the iPhone 6S and both generations of the iPhone SE. The seventh generation iPod touch can also be upgraded to iOS 14. All previous generations of iPod are out of luck. If you're not sure which iPhone model you have, go to the Apple Support website for identification tips.
The iPad, which differed from the cell phones and received its own iPadOS operating system in 2019, is difficult to list concisely. This is due to the existence of several models with different version numbers from different years. Here, too, we mostly deal with models from 2015 – in particular with iPad Air of the second or newer generation, iPad Mini of the fourth or newer generation, iPad of the fifth or newer generation and all iPad Pro models that are qualified for iPadOS 14.
Enlarge /. You will find the model number of your iPad under "Info" in the "Settings" app. You must use a search engine to translate it into the user-friendly version used in the compatibility list.
If you are not sure which iPad model you have, you can find the hardware model number under Settings-> Info, as shown above. Unfortunately, this is not the same as the name of the human-friendly marketing model for your iPad. You need to contact your preferred search engine to find out. My own old iPad is an MD911LL / A, which is reflected in the fourth generation of the iPad. You can also find identification instructions on Apple's support website.
/. In the global top menu bar you will find the model information of your Mac under Apple-> Info.
Finally there is macOS Big Sur. Although the biggest news today is the transition from Intel to ARM CPUs, Big Sur is also suitable for Macs with Intel technology. MacBook Air, MacBook Pro and Mac Pro models from 2013 qualify for Big Sur. This also applies to all iMac Pro models and regular iMacs from 2014. Finally, MacBook models (neither Air nor Pro) qualify from 2015. You can find the release date of your Mac PC under Apple-> About this Mac in the global top menu bar .
In addition to the year, MacBook Pro users in 2013 also need to distinguish between "Late 2013" models – who did the cut – and "Early 2013" models that didn't.
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