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Apple iOS 12, watchOS 5 goes live: How to update your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch

The latest OS for the new Apple devices are now live.

  • Published: September 18, 2018 10:11 AM IST
Apple iOS 12 lead

After the initial release of the beta version in June for developers and beta testers, Apple has released its latest OS version for its iPhones and iPads, iOS 12. Apple launched its latest iPhones, the iPhone XR, iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max last week, and now the company has rolled out the new OS as well. Besides the new iOS, Apple has released the new watchOS 5 today as well which would work on all the previous generation Apple Watches, except the first generation ones.

The new iOS 12 was first showcased at WWDC 2018 in May and today it has been made available globally for all years. Apple has said that the new iOS 12 will make even the older devices faster and more secure. Besides that, there are a few new things that Apple is introducing with iOS 12, as the company has focussed mainly on the security and performance enhancement with the new OS. Users, that have iPhones and iPads that are eligible for the new update can follow the following steps to get iOS 12 on their devices.

Step 1: Check if your device is compatible

The first and major step with any software upgrade is to see where your existing device is compatible with the newest version of the operating system. The good news here is that every device that can run iOS 11 will be capable of running iOS 12. Apple is promising support for devices going back to iPhone 6 and is promising smoother operation.

The list of compatible iPhone models include 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 and iPhone 5s. The update is also compatible with the first and second generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 5th and 6th generation iPad, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3 and iPad mini 2 and the sixth generation iPod touch.

Step 2: Back up your iPhone

Before getting the iOS 12 update on your iPhone, it is recommended that you backup your device either using iTunes or iCloud. In order to update your smartphone, you will also need some free space and the update weighs around 2.77GB in download size.

Step 3: How to Update

Method 1: Over-the-air update

Once you are backing up your iPhone, the easiest way to upgrade to the newest version of Apple’s mobile operating system is to get the update right on your device. This process does not require a computer or active connection with iTunes software on your PC. Simply put your device on charging and go to Settings >> General > Software Update. iOS will automatically check for an update and if iOS 12 is available then a prompt will allow you to download and install the update.

Method 2: Update via iTunes

In case, you don’t feel comfortable getting the latest version of iOS directly from Apple, another method would be to download the update via iTunes. Those who update thier iPhone via iTunes have observed it to be faster than over the air method.

Before proceeding with the update, make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes on Mac or Windows PC. With updated iTunes, connect your iOS device and click the iPhone or iPad or iPod icon in the top-left corner of iTunes. After that click on Check for Update >> Download and Update. After you accept the terms, iTunes should begin the process of downloading and installing iOS 12 on your device.

WATCH: Apple Watch Series 4 First Look

watchOS 5 is the first OS from Apple that won’t be compatible with the first version of the Apple Watch. watchOS 5 has now been released by the Cupertino based company and will be available to download for Apple Watch Series 1, Series 2, Series 3 and of course the new Apple Watch Series 4 will come with the new OS.

How to install watchOS 5

Users that have a compatible Apple Watch will first need to update their iPhones to iOS 12 otherwise the update won’t turn up on the Watch. Once that is done, the iPhone needs to stay near the Apple Watch for the update to happen, as for the Apple Watch, it needs to be on its charging stand.

Once ready, the user will need to go to the Watch app on the iPhone and then scroll down to General > Software Update. The new update details will be presented to the user, and the user can then tap the Accept and Download button which will initiate the update process. The passcode will be needed on the iPhone and on the Watch as well.

This should begin the process and the user can use the iPhone, but they are advised to not go far from the Watch with the iPhone.

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  • Published Date: September 18, 2018 10:11 AM IST