Apple took some time out of its busy iPhone event to announce just when the next wave of OS updates is rolling out to everyone. iOS 12, tvOS 12, watchOS 5, and macOS Mojave have been in beta testing since June, accessible only to developers and public beta participants.
As per Apple’s schedule, iOS 12 is going to hit eligible iPhones and iPads on September 17. This list includes the iPhone 5S and above, the iPad Air and iPad Pro lineup, the iPad 5th generation, iPad 6th generation, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod Touch 6th generation.
iOS 12 Changes
Apple is making big claims about iOS 12, boasting that even devices as old as the iPhone 5S will be much faster. The keyboard is supposed to appear 50% quicker and be more receptive, while the Camera app is set to kickstart 70% faster than before. Apps are apparently going to launch up to twice as fast.
iOS 12 beta testers have been saying positive things on the speed front so far. They’ve further noticed that the interface is smooth without any earth-shattering bugs. This was true up until a few weeks ago when an extremely annoying ‘please update’ issue popped up which left a lot of testers angry.
Apple quickly solved the issue and there hasn’t been any major criticism since then. The company recently rolled out the golden master (GM) version of iOS 12 to developers and public beta testers. This is the final build of the software before it hits everyone. People can try it out by downloading it here (developers) or here (public).
As for the others, watchOS 5 and tvOS 12 will emerge on September 17. macOS Mojave is set to roll out on September 24. Even the HomePod is getting an update on September 17 which brings AirPlay 2, multiple timers, and phone call support.