Will your device run Apple Arcade? Find out here

Apple Arcade, a new subscription model that gives players access to over one hundred games without micro-transcations, adverts, on in game purchases, launched yesterday but you’re going to need to upgrade to the latest version of Apple’s OS before you can start playing.

iOS 13 is out now, but only available on certain Apple iPhones and one iPod Touch, while the newly separated iPadOS will launch later this month, projected for 30th September. That comes alongside a tvOS 13 update for Apple TV, and finally Mac users will have to wait for macOS Catalina in October.


Most things released in the last 4 years are getting these updates, but there’s exceptions to that rule. So if your iPhone, iPod, iPad, Apple TV or Mac is not on the list below then bad luck, you can’t play Apple Arcade.


  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPod touch (7th generation)


  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro
  • 11-inch iPad Pro
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (7th generation)
  • iPad (6th generation)
  • iPad (5th generation)
  • iPad mini (5th generation)
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad Air (3rd generation)
  • iPad Air 2

Apple TV

  • Apple TV HD
  • Apple TV 4K


  • MacBook (2015 or later)
  • MacBook Air (2012 or later)
  • MacBook Pro (2012 or later)
  • Mac mini (2012 or later)
  • iMac (2012 or later)
  • iMac Pro (2017 or later)
  • Mac Pro (2013 or later)

Apple Arcade costs $4.99 / £4.99 / AU$7.99 / AED 19.99 a month and has a Family Sharing plan so up to six family members to share the same subscription for just one monthly fee.

If you are serious about gaming on Apple devices then you will want to hook up a controller and the update includes support for wireless controllers, you can link you PlayStation 4 Dualshock 4 or Xbox One controller to your iPad or iPhone. You can also play the games offline so you don’t always need an internet connection.

“The App Store is the world’s biggest and most successful game platform. Now we are going to take games even further with Apple Arcade, the first game subscription service for mobile, desktop and the living room,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

“We are working with some of the most innovative game developers in the world to create over 100 new and exclusive games to play across iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV.

Source: Apple [iOS, iPadOS, macOS]

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