Apple has dropped support for iOS 16 for the iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPod Touch while iPadOS 16 did not arrive for the iPad Air 2, and the iPad Mini 4. Apple has released iOS 15.7.1 and iPadOS 15.7.1 for these devices.
The latest update for older iPhone and iPad models address areas like the Apple Neural Engine, FaceTime, Graphics Driver, Image Processing, Kernel, Audio, Backup, Model I/O, ppp, Safari, WebKit, WiFi and zlib.
There are no new features available for the older iPhones with the update, except for optimisations and security updates.
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The iOS 15.7.1 and iPadOS 15.7.1 update will be rolled out to the iPhone 6s and later, iPad Pro (all models), iPad Air 2 and later, iPad 5th Generation and later, iPad Mini 4 and later, and the iPod Touch (7th Generation).
The update is also available for those who don’t want to jump to iOS 16 yet, and would rather stay on iOS 15 for longer, possibly due to the host of bugs marring the experience this time. Apple also did the same with iOS 14 last year, but withdrew the option after a few months. This is done so that new version of iOS does not cause incompatibility issues with certain apps, offering users the options to stay back on a more stable version before the upgrade has been polished.
To get the update, users can manually trigger it via the Settings App -> General -> Software Update. Users who have automatic updates enabled will get it installed overnight.