The Apple WWDC 2018 conference is well underway, and Apple, as expected, has made the announcement of iOS 12. We’ve included below a list of all devices receiving iOS 12 support so you can get a sense of whether your phone will run the new operating system.
With the release of the new operating system, we’re seeing a number of tweaks and adjustments that are making the Apple experience more streamlined and enjoyable all around. Whenever there is a big change introduced, many are worried that their older devices might not receive iOS 12 support. However, Apple has made the surprising announcement that iOS 12 support will be coming to all currently supported iPhones and iPads.
That means that you’ll see iOS 12 support on:
IPhone 6 Plus
IPhone 6S Plus
IPhone 7 Plus
IPhone 8 Plus
IPod Air 2
iPad Mini 2
iPad Mini 3
iPad Mini 4
IPad Pro 12.9
IPad Pro 9.7
iPad Pro 10.5
IPod Touch 6th Generation
Long story short, as long as you have a device that is at least somewhat current, you should see iOS 12 support once the update releases. Apple has generally done a good job of supporting previous iOS devices for several generations of products, and the fact that the iPhone 5S is still going to see iOS 12 support is a testament to that fact. It will be interesting to see how the operating system performs across all devices with the differing performance specifications.
Currently, it appears as if devices that are 5 years old or older are being dropped from the list,meaning that last year the iPhone 5 disappeared when the update to iOS 11 was added. IPhone 5S making the cut for iOS 12 is a pleasant surprise, and good news for those of us holding onto an older device rather than making the jump to upgrade to this current generation of iPhone.
With the iPhone 5S featuring iOS 12 support, this will actually be the widest iOS release in history. With many users of the iPhone 5S expecting to have to upgrade in order to continue receiving updates, it’s definitely welcome news that they can hold off on upgrading at least a little bit longer.
We’ll have to wait and see whether Apple will continue beyond iOS 12 support when it comes to supporting older devices, but we anticipate that the iPhone 5S will be phased out sooner rather than later. Still, it’s nice to see that iOS 12 will be rolled out to a wide range of devices, ensuring that nearly all iOS users have access to the latest build.