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Some features of iOS 16 are said to be exclusive to the iPhone XS and newer models


iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13 Pro Max, and the newly launched iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro, and iPhone 14 Pro Max. It also mentions that some iOS 16 features will be further restricted to newer models such as the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 series. Features available on all the phones listed above include Live Text in Photos, Video that works in Quick Look, Safari, and other apps.

iOS 16 launches tonight for iPhone 8 and up, but it looks like not all the features that the latest version of iOS has to offer are available on all supported iPhone models. Some iOS 16 features will reportedly be available on iPhone XS and later with the Apple A12 Bionic chip and later. The exact reason for this is unknown, but it’s very likely that some features require more processing power than the A11 Bionic chip offers. 9to5Mac reports that some iOS 16 features are only available on iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR, iPhone SE (2020), iPhone SE (2022), iPhone 12, iPhone 12 mini, and iPhone 12 Pro.


  • Finally, some iOS 16 features are exclusive to iPhone 14 models. The first is 4K Cinema mode, which now allows you to record 4K video at 24 fps and 4K video at 30 fps. There’s also a new Action Mode that uses the iPhone 14 series’ sensors to significantly reduce shock, movement, and vibration.

  • Live Text Quick Actions, a new Live Text language, emojis in text that you can insert when sending messages with Siri, and improvements to Visual Search. iOS 16 features on iPhone 11 and newer models include Live Captions available in English (US) and English (Canada) only. Additionally, iOS 16 features exclusive to iPhone 13 models include foreground blur in portrait photos and better quality when shooting in cinema mode.

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