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Apple confirms that these iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches will receive iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS 15 and watchOS 11 updates

Apple is only preventing a few devices from receiving its latest round of OS upgrades. (Image source: Apple)
Apple is only preventing a few devices from receiving its latest round of OS upgrades. (Image source: Apple)
Apple has now rolled out early betas for its latest operating system updates. Although stable updates are a few months away from being released, Apple has confirmed which iPhones, iPads, Macs and Apple Watches will receive iOS 18, iPadOS 18, macOS 15 and watchOS 11 and which have had their software support discontinued.

Apple has now revealed all its major OS updates for this year, including iOS 18. Not only has the company flighted early builds through its Developer Program, but it has also confirmed which devices will be eligible for its new OS upgrades. Please note that the likes of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 have not reached Apple's Beta Software Program yet and are unlikely to do so for at least another few weeks.

In short, Apple will offer iOS 18 to all iPhones that can be upgraded to iOS 17. Consequently, Apple will continue to support the iPhone XS through iPhone 15 series, as well as the iPhone XR and the second generation iPhone SE or newer (curr. $131.62 renewed on Amazon). With that being said, Apple Intelligence will remain exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. Meanwhile, iPadOS 18 will be available to most iPads that could run iPadOS 17, including the 7th Gen iPad, 3rd Gen iPad Air and 5th Gen iPad mini. However, Apple will prevent people from upgrading second-generation iPad Pros that it released in 2017 to its latest version of iPadOS.

(Image source: Apple)
(Image source: Apple)

Similarly, even some Intel-based Macs will be compatible with macOS 15 Sequoia. Unfortunately, Apple has discontinued support for all MacBook Air machines released before 2020. Please note that this restriction does not apply to Intel Ice Lake-based MacBook Air models that Apple introduced in March 2020. For reference, the full list of compatible Macs is as follows:

  • iMac (2019 or newer)
  • iMac Pro (2017 or newer)
  • Mac mini (2018 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (2019 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (2020 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (2018 or newer)
  • Mac Studio (2022 or newer)

Ultimately, watchOS 11 is where Apple has made the most support cutbacks. Specifically, Watch Series 4 and Watch Series 5 models will be left behind on watchOS 10. As a result, watchOS 11 will be headed to the following models:

  • Apple Watch SE (2nd generation)
  • Apple Watch Series 6
  • Apple Watch Series 7
  • Apple Watch Series 8
  • Apple Watch Series 9
  • Apple Watch Ultra
  • Apple Watch Ultra 2
(Image source: Apple)
(Image source: Apple)

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Alex Alderson, 2024-06-11 (Update: 2024-06-11)