iPadOS Compatibility Chart
iPadOS Compatibility Chart
DeviceReleasedOriginal iPadOSMax iPadOS
iPad Pro (gen 7)*2024*1717
iPad (gen 11)*
iPad Air (gen 6)*
iPad Pro 12.9″ (gen 6)202216
iPad Pro 11″ (gen 4)
iPad (gen 10)
iPad Air (gen 5)15
iPad (gen 9)2021
iPad mini (gen 6)
iPad Pro 12.9″ (gen 5)14
iPad Pro 11″ (gen 3)
iPad Air (gen 4)2020
iPad (gen 8)
iPad Pro 12.9″ (gen 4)13
iPad Pro 11″ (gen 2)
iPad (gen 7)2019
iPad Air (gen 3)12
iPad mini (gen 5)
iPad Pro 12.9″ (gen 3)2018
iPad Pro 11″ (gen 1)
iPad (gen 6)11
iPad Pro 12.9″ (gen 2)201710
iPad Pro 10.5″16
iPad (gen 5)
iPad Pro 9.7″ 20169
iPad Pro 12.9″ (gen 1) 2015
iPad mini 415
iPad mini 3 2014812
iPad Air 2 15
iPad mini 2 2013712
iPad Air (gen 1) 
iPad (gen 4) 2012610
iPad mini (gen 1) 9
iPad (gen 3) 5
iPad 2 20114
iPad (gen 1) 201035
*Anticipated release dates. The iPadOS naming convention started in 2019

Apple’s iPad has evolved significantly over the years, not only in terms of hardware but also software. With the introduction of iPadOS, Apple’s dedicated tablet operating system, users have been keen to find out if their device is compatible. This guide aims to shed light on the intricacies of iPadOS compatibility for various iPad models.

Journey of iPad’s Operating System

Before deep-diving into compatibility, it’s crucial to understand the evolution of the iPad’s operating system.

iPad and iOS: The Early Days

Initially, iPads ran on the same operating system as iPhones – iOS. It tailored user experience and features for mobile devices.

The Advent of iPadOS

In 2019, Apple announced iPadOS as a distinct break from iOS, focusing on enhancing user experience on larger tablet screens.

Determining iPadOS Compatibility for Your iPad

It’s essential to stay updated on which iPads can operate on the latest iPadOS to maximize features and security.

iPadOS 17 Compatibility Chart

For an easier overview, here’s a compatibility list:

iPad ModeliPadOS 17 Compatibility
iPad (6th generation and newer)Yes
iPad Mini (5th generation and newer)Yes
iPad Air (3rd generation and newer)Yes
iPad Pro (2nd generation and newer)Yes

Note: This chart represents compatibility as of the last update. Always refer to Apple’s official site for the latest information.

Why Some iPads Don’t Support Newer iPadOS Versions

Not all iPads can handle the requirements of the latest iPadOS. Older devices may lack the necessary hardware or performance capabilities, leading to Apple’s decision to limit compatibility.


Is iPadOS distinctly different from iOS?
Yes, while both originate from the same base, iPadOS is optimized for tablet use, introducing features like Split View, enhanced Apple Pencil support, and better multitasking.

How can I upgrade my iPad to the latest iPadOS version?
If your iPad is compatible, navigate to “Settings” > “General” > “Software Update”. If an update is available, you’ll have the option to download and install.

What if my iPad isn’t compatible with the latest iPadOS?
Older iPads that aren’t compatible with newer iPadOS versions will still function but won’t receive the latest features or security updates.

Will all features of iPadOS be available on all compatible iPads?
Not necessarily. Some advanced features might be reserved for newer iPad models due to hardware requirements.


Understanding iPadOS compatibility is crucial for ensuring that you get the most out of your Apple tablet. By staying informed, you can plan potential upgrades and continue to enjoy a seamless, feature-rich experience on your iPad.

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