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iOS 14 compatibility: Install today, but only if your iPhone model's on the list

Last year, we found out only iPhones from the last four years would be compatible with iOS 13. We'll tell you if your phone will be compatible with iOS 14, which is now available for download.

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Will your iPhone be compatible with iOS 14?

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This story is part of WWDC 2020. All the latest coverage from Apple's WWDC annual developers conference.

Apple's Tuesday event included, among a slew of new product releases (see everything announced here), the announcement of iOS 14's release date. Owners of compatible iPhones are now able to install Apple's newest operating system, which was originally announced in June at the Worldwide Developers Conference and became available Sept. 16. Among the new features coming to iOS 14, Apple previewed a new app organizer and home screen widgets for the first time on the iPhone, as well as a more compact Siri interface. The new iOS 14 update will also let you play a video thumbnail (Picture in Picture) while doing other things and add face coverings to your Memoji.  

As with any new iOS update, you may be wondering whether you'll still be able to use your old iPhone or if it's time to upgrade to a newer version. When Apple revealed iOS 13 last year, it announced the update would work with the iPhone 6S, iPhone SE (2016) and newer models. This year is the same -- Apple isn't excluding the iPhone 6S or its older version of the iPhone SE.

Here's the official list of devices that will work with iOS 14 and iPadOS 14. If you're buying a new phone this fall, it'll come with the new iOS installed.

Devices that will support iOS 14, iPadOS 14

iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max 12.9-inch iPad Pro
iPhone XS and XS Max 11-inch iPad Pro
iPhone XR 10.5-inch iPad Pro
iPhone X 9.7-inch iPad Pro
iPhone 8 iPad (6th gen)
iPhone 8 Plus iPad (5th gen)
iPhone 7 iPad Mini (5th gen)
iPhone 7 Plus iPad Mini 4
iPhone 6S iPad Air (3rd gen)
iPhone 6S Plus iPad Air 2
iPhone SE (2020)
iPhone SE (2016)
iPod Touch (7th gen)

Want to know more about what happened at WWDC? Here's everything Apple announced at WWDC 2020. Also, Apple's Macs will have new Arm chips and developers can now order an Arm-powered Mac Mini

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