Apple Releases iOS 12 for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch

Helen Aguilar
September 18, 2018

Unfortunately for certain users, iPhone 5 or iPhone 5c will not be eligible. iPad generation eligibility includes the iPad 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, and iPad mini 2. For older iPhones, Apple notes that apps now launch up to twice as fast, while camera launches are up to 70 percent faster, and the keyboard appears up to 50 percent faster.

GettyThe iPhone XS and XS Max come with iOS 12 preinstalled.

If you frequently ignore an alert from a specific app, iOS 12 will ask you if you want to keep receiving alerts or manage the app's notification settings to limit the number of notifications you receive. If you visit the App Store's updates page, you'll see that many apps are adding support for Siri Shortcuts.

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That said, none of that is any use to anyone if they can't get it installed though, and as is often the case, there have been plenty of people who have struggled with the iOS 12 OTA update. But with iOS 12, all of that was gone in an instant.

Apple hasn't detailed the exact security contents, but we expect the iOS 12 update to carry several important security patches that tackle potential exploits.

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Apple's new mobile firmware is now available to download and here's the complete iOS 12 changelog for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

You can also check if your iPhone or iPad is ready for the update by tapping Settings General Software Update. There are countless other features in iOS 12, from third-party navigation apps in CarPlay (yay!) to better battery information, more iPad gestures, better QR code scanning, and a whole lot more.

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The result shows up on the lock screen! Moving from one version of iOS to another can cause problems so you'll want to monitor the download and installation as they make progress. From there, it will download onto your device, and if you were a Workflow user your old workflows will automatically be imported as custom shortcuts.

Hit Remove Profile, and you'll no longer be getting iOS 12 beta software updates. Did you miss a phone call? I've also been annoyed by the constant nagging of utility apps asking to control other apps or access privacy-protected data. Notifications are much easier to control now as well, with the ability to easily opt out of notification or at least deliver them "quietly" so you don't get distracted easily.

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