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Which iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models fully support iOS 7? For models that "partially" support iOS 7, which features are and are not supported? Which models will support iOS 8?

Quick Update: On June 2, 2014, Apple announced iOS 8. This version will be supported by all devices that support iOS 7, except for the iPhone 4 (GSM) and iPhone 4 (CDMA/Verizon/Sprint), but Apple has yet to announce specific feature support and notes that "features are subject to change" as well. When additional support details are available, this Q&A will be updated and/or a new one will be written.

Read on for help identifying your iPhone -- the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4s models look effectively identical -- as well as iOS 7 compatibility details including support for specific features.

On June 10, 2013, Apple announced iOS 7.

Buried at the end of promo copy about "hundreds of great new features" including "Control Center, Notification Center, improved Multitasking [for all apps], AirDrop, enhanced Photos, Safari, Siri and iTunes Radio," Apple states that only the then currently shipping iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models -- as well as the slightly older iPad 3rd Gen models -- are supported by the operating system. Subsequently introduced devices naturally are supported, as well.

However, as Apple quietly notes in fine print, particular iOS 7 feature support varies even among these devices.


Photo Credit: Apple, Inc. (iPhone 5 with iOS 7 Installed)

Earlier iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models are not supported at all. For most users of older devices, this is unlikely to come as a great surprise or concern, although it may have been upsetting to those who had recently purchased the iPod touch 4th Gen (A1367) model, which was sold as new a mere eleven days before iOS 7 was announced. Caveat emptor.

Identification Help

If you're not sure which iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad you have, these models can be identified externally by Model Number for the purpose of determining iOS 7 compatibility. The model number is listed in small type on the back of each device toward the bottom and looks like A1428.

Specifically, these devices fully or partially support iOS 7:

Apple Device

Model (External)

iPad 2 (Wi-Fi Only)

A1395

iPad 2 (Wi-Fi/GSM/GPS)

A1396

iPad 2 (Wi-Fi/CDMA/GPS)

A1397

iPad 2 (Wi-Fi Only, iPad2,4)

A1395

iPad 3rd Gen (Wi-Fi Only)

A1416

iPad 3rd Gen (Wi-Fi/Cellular AT&T/GPS)

A1430

iPad 3rd Gen (Wi-Fi/Cellular Verizon/GPS)

A1403

iPad 4th Gen (Wi-Fi Only)

A1458

iPad 4th Gen (Wi-Fi/AT&T/GPS)

A1459

iPad 4th Gen (Wi-Fi/Verizon & Sprint/GPS)

A1460

iPad Air (Wi-Fi Only)

A1474

iPad Air (Wi-Fi/Cellular)

A1475

iPad mini (Wi-Fi Only)

A1432

iPad mini (Wi-Fi/AT&T/GPS)

A1454

iPad mini (Wi-Fi/Verizon & Sprint/GPS)

A1455

iPad mini (Retina/2nd Gen - Wi-Fi Only)

A1489

iPad mini (Retina/2nd Gen - Wi-Fi/Cellular)

A1490

iPhone 4 (GSM)

A1332

iPhone 4 (CDMA/Verizon/Sprint)

A1349

iPhone 4S/4s

A1387

iPhone 4S/4s (GSM China/WAPI)

A1431

iPhone 5 (GSM/LTE 4, 17/North America)

A1428

iPhone 5 (CDMA/LTE, Sprint/Verizon/KDDI)

A1429

iPhone 5 (GSM/LTE 1, 3, 5/International)

A1429

iPhone 5 (CDMA China/UIM/WAPI)

A1442

iPhone 5 (GSM/LTE/AWS/North America)

A1428

iPhone 5c (GSM/North America/A1532)

A1532

iPhone 5c (CDMA/Verizon/A1532)

A1532

iPhone 5c (CDMA/China Telecom/A1532)

A1532

iPhone 5c (CDMA/US/Japan/A1456)

A1456

iPhone 5c (UK/Europe/Middle East/A1507)

A1507

iPhone 5c (China Unicom/A1526)

A1526

iPhone 5c (Asia Pacific/A1529)

A1529

iPhone 5c (China Mobile/A1516)

A1516

iPhone 5s (GSM/North America/A1533)

A1533

iPhone 5s (CDMA/Verizon/A1533)

A1533

iPhone 5s (CDMA/China Telecom/A1533)

A1533

iPhone 5s (CDMA/US/Japan/A1453)

A1453

iPhone 5s (UK/Europe/Middle East/A1457)

A1457

iPhone 5s (China Unicom/A1528)

A1528

iPhone 5s (Asia Pacific/A1530)

A1530

iPhone 5s (China Mobile/A1518)

A1518

iPod touch (5th Gen)

A1421

iPod touch (5th Gen, No iSight, 2013)

A1509

If your device has a model number that isn't listed in the chart above, it is not supported by iOS 7. Other iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models only have 128 MB or 256 MB of RAM, and Apple may have determined that iOS 7 operation is not possible, or at least performance is unacceptable, on devices with less than 512 MB of RAM.

The iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models also can be identified in software by Order Number. The order number is referred to as "Model" within the iOS "Settings" app under General > About.

In the US, this "Model" within the iOS looks like MD328LL. In other countries, the "LL" will be another character or characters. For example, in the UK, the same iPad is MD328B, in Canada it is MD328C, and in China it is MD328CH.

Everyi.com's Ultimate iLookup feature -- as well as the EveryMac app for iOS 5 or later and Android -- can identify these devices by the model numbers and order numbers above as well as their Serial Numbers.

iOS 7 Features Compatibility Chart

All of the below iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models fully support Control Center, Notification Center, and Multitasking, as well as Safari and iTunes Radio (which only is available in the United States, initially).

For the remaining major features, support varies accordingly:

AirDrop Panorama Filters
In Camera
Filters
In Photos
Swipe* Siri
iPad 2 No No** No No No No**
iPad 3rd Gen No No† No Yes Yes Yes
iPad 4th Gen Yes No† No Yes Yes Yes
iPad Air Yes No† No Yes Yes Yes
iPad mini Yes No† No Yes Yes Yes
iPad mini 2 Yes No† No Yes Yes Yes
iPhone 4 No No** No Yes Yes No**
iPhone 4s No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
iPhone 5 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
iPhone 5c Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
iPhone 5s Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
iPod touch 5th Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes


* This refers to a handful of more advanced photo functionality that Apple formally calls "square and video formats and swipe to capture."

** Siri and Panorama are not supported on the iPhone 4 or iPad 2 with any iOS version.

† Panorama is not supported on any iPad model running iOS 6, either.

iOS 7 Compatibility Summary

Ultimately, iOS 7 is fully compatible with the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, and iPod touch 5th Gen models. It also is fully compatible with the iPad 4th Gen, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad mini 2nd Gen models with the exception of the Panorama and "In Camera" Filters functionality (like Instagram).

Perhaps Apple thinks tourists taking photos with the iPad looks excessively goofy and is trying to discourage the practice, as there is no technical reason for this omission. For those who want to be able to take panoramic photos with an iPad (and don't mind looking a bit awkward), the third-party Cycloramic app adds the capability in addition to a variety of photo filters.


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