iOS 10 release date, time, and eligible devices: it's today! (September 13)

The dust after the latest Apple event has (seemingly) settled already and among the announcements that were made was the official release date of iOS 10, the newest version of the operating system for iOS devices. It's hard to blame you for not remembering the date itself - after all, so many announcements were made on stage, some more polarizing than others. Without further ado, iOS will be released on

September 13, 2016

to all eligible iOS devices. While Apple did not give any info at what time exactly the update will be seeded to your iPhone or iPad, we have a few educated guesses up our sleeves.

During previous iOS rollouts, Apple has begun releasing its new OS around 10 AM Pacific time, meaning that the majority of the USA got it by noon or a few hours later in the worst case scenarios. Meanwhile, this means that European users will be getting it sometime in the evening, whereas the eastmost parts of Asia will likely get it in the early hours of September 14. Here's a useful table that will show you when iOS 10 will likely arrive in some of the major time zones:

This way, a large portion of all active iOS devices will already be on iOS 10 when the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus see the light of day three days later, on September 16. As far as eligible devices go, you will find a full list right below. Notice that the iPhone 4s won't be getting iOS 10:

Note: If you have been enrolled in Apple's beta program and have been rocking iOS 10 beta for the past few months, the golden master of iOS 10 should already be rolling to your device.

Also have in mind that certain new iOS 10 features will only be available on select newer devices. For example, Raise to wake requires and iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, or later - the iPhone 5, 5c, as well as iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are not compliant with that feature.

In case you need a quick reminder about what's new in iOS 10, we got you covered! Just check out the links below and read our preview of the OS, as well as explore what the new features are.

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1. Gabbarx

Posts: 13; Member since: Jul 20, 2015

Apple's software support is really awesome.

3. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Would be even better if they don't degrade older devices' performance.

4. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

They have to do that to sell new phones.

6. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Right, @Podrick! In this article itself, Peter said the Raise to awake feature will not work with the iPhones from 2014 downwards. That means older iPhones will not get all the features of the lastest iOS10, they will just share the same version number. But them iFans brag about 4 years of iOS updates, but ignore that they do not get all the bells and whistles of the latest iOS, unlike Android. Lol

13. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

And Samsung gives the latest Touchwiz features to all of its phones? No. There's is a much larger disparity between what features Android OEM's phones have within their device range. iPhones get all the base and important level upgrades. And who are we kidding, Android phones only see one major update if you are lucky. How long has Android 7 been out? What Samsung phone runs Android 7? None? IOS will release soon, within a week all iPhones from iPhone 5 (2012) will get the update notification.

18. MrAnonymous

Posts: 94; Member since: May 25, 2014

Errrr... My Sony xperia zr released with 4.1, then got 4.2,4.3,4.4,5.0 and even 5.1... And finally after stopping support, there's this cm13 based 6.0 xperia-ised rom that looks just like marshmallows stock xperia..

21. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

@Zylam Are you really compairing TouchWuiz UI with iOS? 2-years old Android smartphones do get all the Android OS features, whenever they get updated, unlike older iPhones!

26. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

" whenever they get updated, " Do you really expect official android update on a 2 year android device except nexus ? Great going buddy . Please let me know when Galaxy s4 will get android M update .

43. xfire99

Posts: 1207; Member since: Mar 14, 2012

How about you first look up when did galaxy S4 released? lol

24. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

You want to compare the stunted iOS with the Android in this case 7.0? And Samsung update their flagships of S, Note and A series a lot of times. And don't compare the features of Android along with Touchwiz with iOS because the skin of Samsung along with Android is a lot better than iOS. It's richer in features than iOS and there is no control in that the user do with the phone.

25. pmsap

Posts: 105; Member since: May 26, 2015

To all the people saying that OEM's run late in updating OS. Take samsung's example. They release new OS every march/april, with the release of theirs galaxy S line. Thus, they can only be "late" if they miss that timetable. Otherwise, they are updating OS once every 12 months.

27. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

There is a big difference between updating OS the very first day and updating OS once in every 12 month.

29. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2455; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Ahem. Android is very fragmented when it comes to updates, but this is to be expected because Google allows their OEMs the freedom to choose what features they allow, when to allow updates, and what devices should receive them. Manufacturers love the freedom to choose these features and what devices should be updated because it can control their product cycle. Consumers, on the other hand, hate that their phone is considered obsolete in such a short amount of time. The problem also arises because these manufacturers are dependent on Google's timetable of Android releases. They can't get to work on their skin overlay until Google is done with their part. It's something that I think boils down to communication and letting manufacturers have access to the software as it is being developed so that this downtime period of developing a software overlay is shortened.

33. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

iPhone 6 should have got all the features of iOS10 except 3D Touch.

39. AlikMalix unregistered

Same old trolls, same old comments. These same old trolls, with their onoriginal same old comments make any comment section garbage. I think I'm done here.... Boring as hell now to teach these dumbasses same thing over and over. Every year - same arguments by the same idiots. I wish all those thst actually great to chat tech with, just stop commenting for 1 week. Just to see these "pigs bathe in their own vomit". Maybe they'll realize how boring and annoying they make every comment section. Enjoy your green thumbs, hope they fit up your ass.

8. vincelongman

Posts: 5730; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

A business trying to make money, no way! #Shocked

32. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

So only Apple is greedy for money. Then why Samsung or other OEM never update their low and mid budget mobiles. Even for flagship models they are too slow . Are they not greedy ? Why cannot they keep a dedicated software team to update new OS as ASAP. No one is more greedy than android OEM who leave OS support for more than 90% of its user right after the mobile is sold . So whether it is Apple, Samsung or any other OEM , all are same when it comes to greed.

36. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

How did you assume he meant only Apple is greedy?

44. lpratas

Posts: 398; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Too slow? Since last year with Galaxy S6 it endend the slowness.

54. vincelongman

Posts: 5730; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Yep, they aren't All of businesses are greedy for money

14. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Just like Lollipopgate did to many Android phones, right?

15. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Stop deflecting Mxy. This article and my comment is about iOS not Android.

64. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Apparently he think he's the only one who has the right to deflect. When others do it he gets mad.

35. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

The several Android devices I had with lollipop, we're lightning quick. So no, not the same.

34. Hoggington

Posts: 356; Member since: Feb 23, 2016

This. My iPad3 went downhill quick after iOS6, that it shipped with. Not only is the flat, white design just horrible...but my iPad went from a rocket ship with iOS6, to a laggy near useless tablet with iOS7-iOS9. It is sooooo slow now. Apple's software optimization for older devices is a little bit pathetic.

63. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

Currently running ios10.0.1 performance has improved from ios9 (that being said i do have a 6s)

5. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Using iOS is like locking yourself in a cell, no freedom no choice, you're forced to stay in its limited circle. Android is a wise choice. I can switch from one brand to another unlike iOS which runs by the same boring fruit comapny.

12. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Yea so when your phone blows up, you can switch to another bloated OS Oem that will update your phone once in its lifetime, 6 months late, if you are lucky.

20. phillip.phillip

Posts: 50; Member since: Dec 09, 2015

This comment made me laugh really hard lol. He has a legitimate point though. My GS4 got one (1) major update from the time that it was opened three or four years ago to now. That update was lollipop. I have yet to get anything newer.

22. adi90

Posts: 554; Member since: Dec 21, 2015

When you use iOS there is no need to switch to any other device. Atleast you know what you are getting. Otherwise in android the OEM only make false claims. Take 1+3 , it has 6GB RAM but nexus 6p with 3GB will perform better even after 1 year. Apple though overprice their device outside North America but I buy it only because I trust its performance . In android only nexus line is trustworthy .

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