IOS 12 release date: September 17

Angelica Greene
September 16, 2018

According to The Verge, the "golden master" build of iOS 12 is rolling out to participants in Apple's beta testing program today and is likely to be the same version we can all install next week.

iOS 12 is the next major version of Apple's operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. iOS 12 include improvements to Maps, Siri, FaceTime, CarPlay, and the Photos app, as well as revamped Stocks, News, Voice Memos, and Apple Books apps. iOS 12's Messages includes new Animoji characters and Memoji, and there's also a new AR-based Measure app.

Leaving the news until the last minutes of this year's almost two-hour presentation on Wednesday, CEO Tim Cook revealed the launch date with little fanfare, mentioning it with about as much drama as he had the update to tvOS, the operating system that powers Apple TV. "And keeping using them is the best thing for the planet". Meaning, it is effectively the same software that will be released on Monday, September 17. If you want to use iOS 12 before the vast majority of people, all you need to do is join the beta.

Rick Broida detailed which devices support iOS 12, but the cheat sheet for compatibility is if your device runs iOS 11, it will run iOS 12.

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Before you even think about installing iOS 12, especially while it's in beta, do your future self a favor and create a backup right now. But Apple will also roll out a bunch of new tools with the update that will streamline your experience and in the end, make it a lot more enjoyable.

After accepting the terms and the conditions of the release, select the iOS tab and click the download button to update your device. Some of my Keyboard Maestro macros have stopped working, and I haven't yet been able to figure out why.

Once you download an app while it is in the offer, you won't be charged anything when you download it later.

Apple has released at least 10.14.1, if not 10.14.2.

If you have a secondary Mac that's not crucial to your workflow, go ahead and install Mojave there-Joe Kissell's Take Control of Upgrading to Mojave is, as always, the canonical reference.

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