Apple announced iOS 15 during the WWDC opening keynote last week and we’re still learning more things as developers spend time with the first beta.

While the iOS 15 update will be available for all the same devices as the iOS 14 one from last year, there are still some things to keep in mind – because not all features will work on older devices.

For example, some features will require that you’re using a particularly new iPhone that has an A12 Bionic or new processor inside. Other features will require an iPhone 12 or later device, something that really cuts down the number of people that will be able to take advantage of those features.

Apple hasn’t done a great job sharing details on exactly what will work on which devices, but fear not. We have your back.

With that said, let’s get into the list.

Features that require an A12 Bionic or later chip

  • Live text in photos
  • Visual look up
  • Spatial Audio in FaceTime
  • Portrait Mode in FaceTime
  • On-Device Speech processing
  • Weather App’s new animated backgrounds
  • HomeKey
  • Immersive Walking Directions On Maps
  • Interactive globe in Maps

Some features will only work on an iPhone 12 or newer, although some require 5G so that makes sense, really.

iPhone 12 required

  • Enhanced 5G
  • 5G over WiFi
  • Panorama photos
  • Spatial Audio with dynamic head tracking
  • Walking steadiness

The new iPhone 13 lineup, set to be announced in September, will support all of these features and more.

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