Apple iOS 12 Is Now Officially Available for Download

Apple has released iOS 12, its latest operating system for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users as earlier promised.

iOS 12 is compatible with iPhone 5s and later, all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad 6th generation, iPad mini 2 and later and iPod touch 6th generation.

The iOS 12 update brings Improved Performance, Siri Shortcuts, Memoji, Screen Time, Shared AR Experiences and more.

iOS 12 Features

Here are some of the new major features of iOS 12.

  • Augmented Reality. Shared AR experiences, persistent AR and more dynamic object detection and image tracking.
  • Animoji, Filters, Text and Stickers in Messages and FaceTime.
  • Following in the footsteps of Android Pie’s Digital WellBeing apps, Apple has added a suite of features that help you manage notifications and the time you spend on your phone. These include: Screen Time, Do Not Disturb and Notifications.
  • Siri Shortcuts allow any app to now work with Siri. There is also the ability to use your voice to run any Shortcut. That sounds like it is going to be tons of fun.
  • Apple Books is a new app that helps you discover books and audiobooks easily. You will be able to browse and search for titles, as well as organise your collection.
  • Voice Memos is now available on iPad. It also supports iCloud sync.
  • Siri can now translate more than 40 language pairs and brings more knowledge of sports, celebrities, food and nutrition. Siri can also surface favorite photos by person, place, event, time and topic, and more.
  • With CarPlay, you can enjoy greater support for third-party navigation apps while driving. The information is displayed right on the dashboard of your vehicle.
  • Students will love iOS 12, as Wallet for iPhone and Apple Watch now supports their ID cards.
  • Location data for 911 in the United States is automatically and securely shared with first responders, providing faster and more accurate information to help reduce emergency response times.

iOS 12 Supported Devices

iOS12 is compatible with all iPhones all the way back to the iPhone 5s. Here is a list of all iOS 12 supported devices:

  1. iPhone Xs Max (iOS12 is pre-installed)
  2. iPhone Xs (iOS12 is pre-installed)
  3. iPhone Xr (iOS12 is pre-installed)
  4. iPhone X
  5. iPhone 8 Plus
  6. iPhone 8
  7. iPhone 7 Plus
  8. iPhone 7
  9. iPhone 6S
  10. iPhone 6S Plus
  11. iPhone 6
  12. iPhone 6 Plus
  13. iPhone SE
  14. iPhone 5S
  15. all iPad Air models
  16. all iPad Pro models
  17. iPad 5th generation
  18. iPad 6th generation
  19. iPad mini 2 and later
  20. iPod touch 6th generation

That is a list of no less than 20 devices that support the new version of iOS. Impressive. Apple has always been ahead of the curve with respect to delivering software updates to older devices. They have delivered once again.

How To Download AND Install iOS 12 Update

  1. Go to Settings>>General>>software update
  2. Download and install. The file is about 1.24GB in size.

Furthermore, Apple also released watchOS 5.0 for Apple Watch users.  The watchOS 5 comes with an array of features like Walkie Talkie feature that lets you talk directly to family members using an Apple Watch.

You can fire off a voice clip directly to another watch user with a tap of the wrist.

And finally, Apple TV also gets tvOS 12 update which comes with new Aerial Screensavers, Zero Sign-On, Dolby Atmos Support and more.

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