The iOS 12 Release Made Simple

This week, Apple released a new version of it’s operating system for iPhones and iPads, iOS 12 and many of you may not care much about it.

I’ve been looking forward to this update because it’s supposed to make older phones run faster and I still use an iPhone 6 Plus.  It will be interesting to see how it works.

While there are many interesting and innovative new features, I doubt that I will use most of them.  We’ll see….

Here are two simple, but important things you need to know:

  1. Wait a few weeks to be sure that any bugs are worked out of the software (There are usually several updates that come out during the weeks following a new iOS release so wait until “the dust settles.”
  2. Be sure to create a backup before allowing the iPhone or iPad to install the update (in case something goes wrong).

After a week or so you should see a red badge with a “1” appear on the Settings icon. Tap Settings > General > Software Update.  You will need Wi-Fi access and your battery charged above 50 percent or the device will need to be connected to a charger.  (Actually it’s a good idea to connect it to a charger during the update process in any case).


You can get iOS 12 if your running iOS 11.
iOS 11 is supported on the following devices:
iPad Air
iPad Air 2
iPad Pro
iPad mini 2
iPad mini 3
iPad mini 4
iPod touch 6th generation
iPhone 5s
iPhone SE
iPhone 6/6 Plus
iPhone 6s/6s Plus
iPhone 7/7 Plus
iPhone 8/8 Plus
iPhone X
iPhone XS/XS Max (will ship with iOS 12)
iPhone XR (will ship with iOS 12)
The following Devices are not supported:
iPhone 5
iPhone 5c
iPad 4

So, the oldest Apple devices that can support iOS 12 will be the iPhone 5s and the iPad Air.


You can either create a local backup using iTunes, (for the more tech-savvy user who doesn’t want backups on the cloud) or backup to iCloud by going to Settings > iCloud > Backup, and then turning on iCloud Backup (simpler and easier).


While iOS 12 doesn’t need as much free space for the installation as earlier versions of iOS, it’s still a good time to get rid of apps that you no longer use — or have never used.


  • If you use iTunes for backup and the data is encrypted, you’ll need that password handy in case something goes wrong.
  • After the upgrade, you’ll need to enter your iCloud password to reconnect to all your data and photos on iCloud.
  • You may also need your passwords for logging in again to some of the apps on your device.

For details about the many new features of iOS 12 see: Apple iOS 12: Cheat sheet by TechRepublic

Are you excited about any of the new bells and whistles?  Do you have any questions?  I’d love to know what you think.  Post in the comments section below.

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