Here’s how to update your iPhone, iPad, and even iPod Touch to iOS 12

iOS 12: The arrival of iOS 12 for countless numbers of iPhones and iPads is a real win-win for all users. Especially with consumers who have older iPhones, as this year’s big update brings performance improvements across the board.

Apple will begin seeding iOS 12 on Monday, Sept. 17 for all eligible devices. You can upgrade your iOS device via an over-the-air update or through iTunes on a Mac or PC. But we’re here to guide you through the process and most importantly to remind you to back up beforehand.

First things first, you’ll want to back up your iOS device through an iCloud or iTunes backup. Either way is pretty simple. I am personally a fan of iCloud Backups as it automatically happens when connected to WiFi once a day, but the storage question always comes up.

You’ll need to make sure you have enough space, so if it is limited an iTunes back up will make do. Just plug your iPhone or iPad into your computer, select back up this device when it appears in iTunes.
Here’s a look at the list of compatible iOS 12 devices, how to download, what steps to take when downloading the new version of iOS, as well as other details to keep in mind.

Apple iOS 12: List of compatible devices
Apple iOS 12 is a free upgrade and is compatible with iPhones from 5S and above. All iPhones which were compatible with iOS 11 will be able to run Apple’s new operating system. Apple has promised that even older iPhones, like the 6s, etc will work smoothly with the new iOS 12.

The list of compatible iPhones, includes iPhone 5S, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X (2017). The new iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and iPhone XR will run iOS 12 out of the box, when they go on sale from September 21. In India, the iPhone XS series will be available for sale from September 28, though pre-orders open September 21.

In iPads, the list includes iPad Mini 2, 3 and 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad 6th and 5th generation which are all compatible with the latest iOS version. Apple iPad Pro 12.9-inch first and second generation, iPad Pro in 9.7-inches and 10.5-inches will also be compatible with iOS 12. Finally, iPod Touch 6th generation is also compatible with the latest version of iOS 12.

Apple iOS 12: Timings for downloads, steps to follow
Apple iOS 12 will be ready for download from today, September 17, 2018. The iOS 12 release will start around 10.30 pm IST. Before downloading iOS 12 on your iPhone or iPad, it is best to back up all the data. One can do this on iTunes itself or back up using iCloud account if you have the storage space.

Apple iOS 12 update is around 2.77GB in size, according to reports, and you will need extra space on your iPhone or iPad. So you might have to delete some apps, or back up photos to the iCloud, in order to ensure enough space for the new update.

Users can install the iOS update over-the-air (OTA) if they are on a WiFi network. Just go to Settings>General>Software update. iOS will check for the update and if the new version has released, it will ask you to download and install. Keep in mind that the OTA method will require Wi-Fi and your iOS device will need to be sufficiently charged, more than 50 per cent.

The second method of updating iOS 12 is via iTunes. Users can just plug their iOS device into their Mac or Windows devices, run iTunes. Click on the iPhone, iPad symbol, and press on the check for software and download and install the update.