iOS 12

Posted on September 17, 2018 in Apple News, How To, Upgrades

Apple is set to release iOS 12 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch on September 17, 2018. This update includes hundreds of new features including; performance enhancement for older devices, Grouped Notifications, Memojis, Screen Time, Siri Shortcuts, Group FaceTime (coming later this fall) and more! iOS 12 will be available to download over-the-air or through iTunes. Here’s what you need to know before upgrading!

Check Storage Space

First thing’s first. You need to have enough space on your iDevice to download and install the new iOS. Clear out unused apps, old text messages, and media to make room. Check your storage by going to Settings > General > iPhone Storage.


After making room for the upgrade, backup your device to iCloud or iTunes just in case something goes awry during the install. Backup using iCloud by going to Settings > AppleID > iCloud > iCloud Backups > Backup Now. Plug your device into a computer running iTunes and click “Backup Now” in the Summary window.


For over-the-air upgrade go to Settings > General > Software Update > Download and Install. Make sure you have a good internet connection and that the device is plugged into power. To upgrade using iTunes, first check iTunes is running on the most up-to-date version. Connect your device to iTunes then click on “Check For Update” in the Summary window.



  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s


  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad 6th generation
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2


  • iPod Touch 6th generation

iOS 12 Features

Performance – launches apps up to 2x faster, launches camera up to 70% faster, launches keyboard up to 50% faster.

Group FaceTime – video chat with up to 32 people at once.

Memoji – create an animated emoji that looks like you. (Only available for FaceID devices).

Screen Time – be aware of the time you (and your kids) are spending using apps, visiting websites, and overall usage. Set time limits for games, entertainment, and social media.

Siri Shortcuts – create your own or let Siri suggest every day task to streamline the things you do often.

Grouped Notifications – see notifications for the same app threaded together for easier viewing

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