iOS 12: How To Install, Compatibility, Best Features Detailed

Maricris Jose
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It was on Wednesday last week (September 12) when Apple has announced that the iOS 12 will be available on September 17. Now, that it is already available here are all the necessary things that you have to know regarding the newest iOS version from the Cupertino-based tech company.

What Devices Can Be Updated to iOS 12?

Without further ado, here’s the list of iOS devices that can be updated to iOS 12 firmware:

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 and 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7 and 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6S and 6S Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
  • iPhone 5S
  • iPad Pro (9.7-inch, 10.5-inch, and both generations of 12.9-inch)
  • iPad (2018)
  • iPad (fifth-gen)
  • iPad Air and iPad Air 2
  • iPad mini 2, 3, and 4
  • iPod Touch (sixth-gen)

What Are The iOS 12 Best New Features?

The iOS 12 conveys a lot of new features but here are just some of the best:

Siri Becomes Smarter

Siri Shortcuts are tasks you can make and activate through the custom command to do some things like play a podcast, send a text and get directions to your desired location.

Cut Down On Screen Time

In iOS 12 there are new tools that will show you how frequently you pick up your phone, the number of notifications you receive, and the quantity of time you spend using different applications.

Improved Notification Management

One of the major reasons users reach for their phones so frequently is the number of alerts that they receive. The iOS 12 conveys new tools to cut back on insignificant alerts.

Create Your Own Animoji

Memoji will be the word that iOS device users will be hearing a lot this fall. For some reference, a Memoji is an animated emoji that iPhone X users can create and utilize similar to last year’s Animoji characters.

Built-in Tape Measure

Apple added a new app called Measure in the iOS 12. The application utilizes augmented reality to measure real-world stuffs.

How To Update Your Device To iOS 12?

Before moving on to the steps on how you can update your handset to iOS 12 it is important for you to back up your device using iCloud or iTunes. You might also have to free up some space since the iOS 12 is 2.77GB in size.

Technique #1: Over-The-Air (OTA) Update

In case the user is on a Wi-Fi network, he can upgrade to iOS 12 right from his device itself. Just connect your iOS device to its charger to make sure that you have sufficient battery. Afterward, head to Settings > General > Software Update. The iOS will spontaneously check for an update, then prompt the user to download and install the iOS 12.

Technique #2: Update Via iTunes

First, the users will have to ensure that they have the latest version of iTunes by opening the Mac App Store app and ticking on the Updates to see if an iTunes update is registered. In case the iTunes is updated, the user will now have to connect their iOS device. Tick on the iPhone or iPad icon located at the top-left corner of iTunes that is next to the drop-down menu for the different sections of the iTunes library. Afterward, click on the Check for Update > Download and Update. Just follow the prompts, accept the terms, and allow the iTunes do its job of updating your iOS device to iOS 12.

Are you done updating your iOS device to iOS 12? What is your favorite feature? Please share it with us in the comment section below.

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