How To iPhone & iPod iOS 10: The Basics Everything You Need to Know About iOS 10 Share Pin Email Print image credit: Apple Inc. iPhone & iPod Key Concepts Basics Installing & Upgrading Guides & Tutorials Tips & Tricks Switching from Android to iPhone by Sam Costello Sam Costello has been writing about tech since 2000. His writing has appeared in publications such as CNN.com, PC World, InfoWord, and many others. Updated September 05, 2018 The release of a new version of the iOS always brings with it a lot of excitement about the new features and possibilities it will deliver to iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch owners. When the initial excitement starts to wear off, though, that excitement is replaced with one extremely important question: Is my device compatible with iOS 10? For owners who bought their devices in the 4-5 years prior to the release of iOS 10, the news was good. On this page, you can learn all about the history of iOS 10, its key features, and which Apple devices are compatible with it. iOS 10 Compatible Apple Devices iPhone iPod touch iPad iPhone 7 series 6th gen. iPod touch iPad Pro series iPhone 6S series iPad Air 2 iPhone 6 series iPad Air iPhone SE iPad 4 iPhone 5S iPad 3 iPhone 5C iPad mini 4 iPhone 5 iPad mini 3 iPad mini 2 If your device is in the chart above, the news is good: you can run iOS 10. This device support is particularly impressive for how many generations it encompasses. On the iPhone, this version of the iOS supported 5 generations, while on the iPad it supported 6 generations. That's pretty good. Even better: unlike some versions of the iOS in the past, all features of iOS 10 run on all devices that are compatible with it. None of that is not much consolation if your device wasn't on the list, of course. People facing that situation should check out "What To Do If Your Device Isn't Compatible" later in this article. Later iOS 10 Releases Apple released 10 updates to iOS 10 after its initial release. All updates maintained compatibility with all of the devices in the table above. Most of the updates primarily delivered bug and security fixes. However, some delivered notable new features, including iOS 10.1 (depth-of-field camera effect on iPhone 7 Plus), iOS 10.2 (TV app), and iOS 10.3 (Find My AirPods support and the new APFS filesystem). For full details on the release history of the iOS, check out iPhone Firmware & iOS History. Key iOS 10 Features iOS 10 was such a desirable version of the iOS because of the key new features it introduced. The most significant improvements that came in this version were: Improved SiriRevamped Apple MusiciMessage appsImproved LockscreenThe ability to delete pre-installed appsVoicemail transcriptionsiMessage effects and animationsHome, a smart-home controller app. What To Do If Your Device Isn't Compatible If your device isn't present in the chart earlier in this article, it can't run iOS 10. That's not ideal, but many older models can still use iOS 9 (find out which models are iOS 9 compatible). If your device isn't supported, that suggests that it's fairly old. This may also be a good time to upgrade to a new device, since that not only gives you compatibility with iOS 10, but also all sorts of hardware improvements. Check your device upgrade eligibility here. iOS 10 Release History 10.3.3 release: July 19, 201710.3.2 release: May 15, 2017 10.3.1 release: April 3, 2017 10.3 release: March 27, 201710.2.1 release: Jan. 23, 201710.2 release: Dec. 12, 2016 10.1.1 release: Oct. 31, 201610.1 release: Oct. 24, 201610.0.3 release: Oct. 17, 201610.0.2 release: Sept. 23, 2016iOS 10 release: Sept. 13, 2016iOS 11 release: Sept. 19, 2017 Continue Reading Everything You Need to Know About iOS 11 (including iOS 11.3) The 10 Best New Features in iOS 10 Everything You Need to Know About iOS 9 Everything You Need to Know About iOS 5 Everything You Need to Know About iOS 7 Everything You Need to Know About iOS 4 Everything You Need to Know About iOS 8 Everything You Need to Know About iOS 6 Need to Squeeze More Life Out of Your iPhone's Battery? Try This. iOS 11 Killing Your Battery? Here's How to Fix It Everything You Need to Know About iOS 12 8 Ways to Fix an iPhone Speaker That Won't Work iOS: A Complete Version History If Your iPhone is Making You Motion Sick, Here's Your Solution. Apps Missing From Your iPhone? How to Get Them Back If The Icons On Your iPhone Are Shaking, Here's Why.