IOS 12 Officially Released: New Features, Compatible Devices and More

Gerald Bowen
September 18, 2018

If you're an unrepentant early adopter, like many of us here at TidBITS, the answer is, "Obviously!"

Shortcuts can be as simple or as powerful as you like. May your downloads be quick and your backups be recent.

You're definitely going to have better luck with iOS 12 than any other prior major version of iOS, in our experience. For example, you can say something like "Siri, where's my iPhone?" and Siri will respond "which iPhone?" if you have more than one device active.

There are a slew of new features dropping with the new iOS update - a comprehensive list can be found here. There are some preset shortcuts you can use, but they are quite basic for the most part. Just about everyone we had talked to over the previous year experienced iOS 11 problems. Users can just plug their iOS device into their Mac or Windows devices, run iTunes. Screen Time is a new feature that allows users to track and control their phone use, limiting certain apps to time limits and analyzing how an iPhone or iPad is used.

When Apple announced Memoji, an outstanding new feature in iOS 12, during the company's developer conference in June, even Tim Cook had one.

"All of these devices, including the iPhone 5S, run iOS 12, and iOS 12 is created to make your iPhone and iPad experience even better, even more responsive, faster... just better!"

You can also check if your iPhone or iPad is ready for the update by tapping Settings General Software Update. Then go to General Software Update.

Hit Remove Profile, and you'll no longer be getting iOS 12 beta software updates.

How to update your HomePod?

These actins take advantage of a new Siri capability. So you should do it when you have enough time.

Apple announced the official iOS 12 release date at last week's iPhone XS launch, noting the update would land on Monday, September 16. At 1.5 GB, it's a big download, but it installed reasonably quickly.

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iOS 12 - How do I get the new update?

Often when an app receives immediate support for a significant new OS feature, its implementation of that feature isn't as rich or extensive as updates that arrive later.

To back up your iPhone or iPad data to iCloud, go to your Settings app, tap on your name, and then tap "iCloud". It's a 340 MB update on my Apple Watch Series 2.

So you can expect iOS 12, watchOS 5 and tvOS 12 to start going live at 6pm BST, 10 AM PT or 1PM ET today.

Although we didn't test betas of tvOS 12, readers have said that it has worked well.

iOS 12 is a HUGE release for Apple's operating system.

But Should You Upgrade, Right Now, to iOS 12?

Check our post if you want to find out what time it may get released in your timezone. With that option enabled, the app is able to update its card every hour with the latest weather conditions. Some of my Keyboard Maestro macros have stopped working, and I haven't yet been able to figure out why.

iOS 12 will come with Memojis that allow integration of your personality and mood and are a step up from the Animojis that came with iOS 11.

There you have it!

But... there also aren't a ton of new features.

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