Now that three new iPhones for 2018 have been unveiled -- the iPhone XS, the iPhone XS Max and the iPhone XR -- we finally know what kind of upgrades and improvements are pegged for Apple's next-generation flagship product.
In case you missed it, here's everything you need to know about the new iPhones and the Apple Watch Series 4.
But it's not just Apple's hardware that's getting a makeover. As usual, owners of older iPhones have a reason to get excited too. The latest version of iOS is now available and it's set to bring new features and most of all, performance improvements even on older compatible iPhones and iPads.
Read on and learn how to update your iOS gadget and what exciting new features iOS 12 will bring to the table.
iOS 12 is out now
Apple started rolling out iOS 12 to compatible iPhones and iPads today, Sept. 17. Expect it to hit your gadget anytime now but since the surge of people trying to get new iOS updates is usually the highest within the first few hours of the rollout, it might take a while before it gets pushed out to your device. Be patient and you'll see it soon enough.
The best bit about iOS 12 is that it's compatible with any Apple gadget that's compatible with iOS 11. No planned obsolescence here. Here's a list of iOS 12 capable gadgets:
- iPhone 5S and newer
- Any iPad Air
- Any iPad Pro
- iPad mini 2 and newer
- iPod touch (6th generation)
How to update your iOS gadget to iOS 12
Note: iOS 12 is around 1.5 to 3 GB, so make sure you have enough free storage space on your iPhone or iPad. Here are quick ways to clear space on your iOS gadget.
Over-the-air on your iPhone or iPad
1. To get the update for your iPhone or iPad, go into your "Settings" app and select "General."
2. From there, select "Software Update" and your phone will begin to check for updates.
3. If available, select "Download and Install" to get iOS 12 on your phone. Note: You will have to enter your passcode on your gadget to proceed with the update.
Update from iTunes
1. To get the update from iTunes, connect your device to a computer, open iTunes on your computer
2. Select your device from the iTunes menu
3. Select "Summary" and then select "Check for Update"
4. If an update is available, choose "Download and Update" and wait for the update to sync to your device. Note: You will have to enter your passcode on your gadget to proceed with the update
Backup your iOS gadget first!
Since iOS 12 is a major operating system update, it is highly recommended that you perform a full backup of your gadget first before upgrading.
Although you can use iCloud to backup your files, space is limited. For larger backups, we advise that you backup your iPhone via iTunes if you have a computer available. Tap or click here to learn how to backup your iPhone.
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New iOS 12 Features
Do you want to review all the new iOS 12 features? To recap, here are all the iOS 12 features Apple unveiled during this year's WWDC.
As predicted, iOS 12 updates will focus more on performance and reliability than on new features.
According to Apple, on iOS 12, apps launch 40 percent faster, the keyboard appears 50 percent faster, and the camera opens 70 percent faster than on older devices.
Better yet, iOS 12 will be available to every device that's currently compatible with iOS 11. This means even older iPhones and iPads will get the speed and performance bump!
Augmented reality experiences are also getting a boost in iOS 12.
First, there's a new AR app from Apple called "Measure." This will allow you to automatically detect the dimensions and measurements of an object in real-time via the camera. Bye-bye, physical tape measure!
Next is the introduction of ARKit 2 for developers. Judging by the augmented reality Lego game they demoed, the ARKit 2 possibilities are intriguing.
The iOS 12 Photos app is also getting a few nifty features like an improved Photo Search. The app will have an improved indexing and will even offer search suggestions, tags, shares and locations a-la Google Photos.
A new "For You" tab will also suggest filters and effects on the photos you've taken.
Not to be outdone, Siri is gaining new abilities in iOS 12. For one, Siri is now open to third-party apps for quick actions.
A new "Shortcuts" app is also coming to iOS 12. This app allows you to create your own Siri shortcuts and string multiple actions with a single Siri command. Siri can now do suggestions right on the lock screen, too.
The stock Apple News app is getting a new Browse section while the Stocks app will integrate with Apple News.
Apple's book-reading app iBooks is also being renamed to Apple Books in iOS 12, complete with a redesigned Book Store Apple.
The iPad is also getting its very own Stocks and Voice Memos apps. Recordings in Voice Memos will be synced across all your Apple gadgets via iCloud.
CarPlay in iOS 12 will now support third-party navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze.
New digital health and parental control options
As predicted, Apple also unveiled iOS 12's new time-management features. Similar to Android P's Digital Well Being feature, a new option called App Limit will give you the ability to limit the time spent on any app. These settings and stats are available and synced across iOS devices with a feature called Screen Time.
Other new features include "Do not disturb during bedtime" and grouped notifications.
New animojis and Memojis
With iOS 12, animojis will now be able to track your tongue. Four new animojis -- Ghost, Koala, Tiger and a T-Rex -- are also on their way.
Another exciting update is Memojis. Memojis are customizable and personalized avatars that you can create and make them resemble yourself.
Here's another big update in iOS 12 -- Group FaceTime sessions! You will be able to FaceTime with up to 32 people in iOS 12 and even use Animojis/Memojis during calls.
What features are you most excited about in iOS 12?
Apple just discontinued a bunch of products - Is yours on the chopping block?
It's always exciting when gadgets are updated with shinier, more advanced features. However, if you are still using older Apple products, a bunch of them just got discontinued on Wednesday. It's the tech world's version of the circle of life. Click here and find out if your Apple gadget is on its way out.