While iOS 16 was confirmed to launch on September 12, with a redesigned lock screen, better security features, and other exciting goodies, some older iPhones don’t have access to certain improvements.
It makes sense for the most part — the chips in some iPhones will just struggle with what’s available in the latest iOS version, while some lack the hardware needed to take advantage of certain features, like better portrait shots, for example.
Since iOS 16 supports iPhone 8 and iPhone SE 2 and above, you can create your own lock screens without any problems, but some image editing features may be missing.
With this in mind, we’ve rounded up what’s not available for certain iPhones, which may tempt you to look at the iPhone 14 or the iPhone 13.
iPhone with a notch
This is a unique omission of certain iPhones, as it only involves an iPhone with a notch, due to the limited space it gives to the top of the screen.
Since the iPhone X and the notch debuted in 2017, the only way to view your battery percentage through the Control Center has been to swipe down from the top right corner.
However, in iOS 16 there is a new setting that allows the number to be displayed from the battery symbol.
iPhone 8 and later
Joy Con Support
If you have some spare Nintendo Joy Cons laying around, you can now pair them with your iPhone for games that support controllers.
iPhone XS and later
Remove subject from background
Arguably another feature as important as the redesigned lock screen in iOS 16, which lets you hold a subject in a photo and drag it to another app.
Editing a photo with this feature can save a lot of time if you just want to use your pet in another image, for example, but it’s only available to owners with iPhone XS and above.
A simple feature – if you need to insert an emoji with your voice, it’s finally possible in iOS 16, but only with an iPhone XS and above.
iPhone 11 and later
A new accessibility feature enables live captioning of a FaceTime call, so someone with a hearing impairment can read what the recipient is saying to them.
iPhone 12 and later
Another new accessibility feature that uses the LIDAR sensor in an iPhone 12 Pro and above, this is where it will scan and detect objects and people for those with visual impairments.