(Pocket-lint) - Apple is readying the next major update to its mobile operating system. Called iOS 14, it's compatible with all iPhone and iPod touch models that are running last year's iOS 13 update. Here's everything you need to know.

What is iOS 14 and when will it be available?

Every year, Apple introduces a major new software update for the iPhone.

This year, that update is iOS 14, as it follows iOS 13 from the year before, and iOS 12 the year before that, and so on. If Apple follows the same release schedule it did for iOS 13, then we can expect iOS 14 to be be released this autumn. 

Apple had already launched a beta version of iOS 14 for developers to test, so they can ready their apps. Now it's also available as a public beta, too - just don't install it on your main device!

When the testing has wrapped up later this year, iOS 14 will officially release alongside the next crop of iPhones. 

Which iOS devices will support iOS 14?

iOS 14 is compatible with all iPhones and iPod touch models already running iOS 13. To be clear, iOS 13 is compatible with the iPhone 6s and later. Here's a list of all the devices, just so you can double-check whether your iPhone or iPod touch will be able to run iOS 14:

  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone SE (first generation)
  • iPhone SE (2020 - second generation)
  • iPod touch (seventh generation)

Don't know what iPhone you have?

Check out: What iPhone do I have? Here's how to find out.

Want to know more?

See our guide on iOS 14. We discuss all the big, new features expected.

Writing by Maggie Tillman. Editing by Dan Grabham.