Which iPhone/iPad should upgrade to iOS 12?
Apple will officially launch iOS 12 later this year, but will your iPhone or iPad be able to run it? At WWDC 2018, Apple said it focused on improving performance in the upcoming version of iOS, and that means iOS 12 will support most devices running iOS 11.
So, if you are currently using iOS 11, you can upgrade to iOS 12 later this year. However, for those who are uncertain about device compatibility, here is a complete list of iPhone, iPad, iPod touch devices that meet the system requirements of iOS 12.
HOW TO DETERMINE THE IOS MODEL
Many iOS devices are of different generations, but they look almost identical. So, if you do not know exactly what iPhone / iPad model you are using, here’s how to find:
THE IPHONE MODEL SUPPORT IOS 12
Most of the iPhone launches from 2013 are compatible with iOS 12.
- iPhone 5S (2013)
- iPhone 6 (2014)
- iPhone 6 Plus (2014)
- iPhone 6s (2015)
- iPhone 6s Plus (2015)
- iPhone SE (2016)
- iPhone 7 (2016)
- iPhone 7 Plus (2016)
- iPhone 8 (2017)
- iPhone 8 Plus (2017)
- iPhone X (2017)
THE IPAD MODEL SUPPORT IOS 12
Similarly, iPad models released in 2013 are also compatible with iOS 12.
- iPad mini 2 (2013)
- iPad Air (2013)
- iPad 3 (2014)
- iPad Air 2 (2014)
- iPad 4 (2015)
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2015)
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro (2016)
- 5th Gen iPad (2017)
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd Generation (2017)
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro (2017)
- 6th Gen iPad (2018)
THE IPOD MODEL SUPPORT IOS 12
- 6th generation iPod touch (2015)
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DOES ANOTHER IOS DEVICE SUPPORT ALL THE FEATURES OF IOS 12?
It is important to note that even if your device falls into one of the above categories, you most likely will not be able to use all the features of iOS 12 after the upgrade. Some features on iOS 12 require certain hardware or processor components and therefore only work on new iOS devices.
Tekrevue does not provide exactly what iOS 12 features will be limited to older devices, but limitations from the iOS 11 era suggest that this includes Apple’s enhanced virtual reality (ARKit) , which is only compatible with iPhone 6s and newer, and Face ID – the exclusive feature available on the iPhone X thanks to its TrueDepth camera hardware.
If you can not wait for Apple to release the final version of iOS 12 later this year, you can get the beta version of this operating system right now. Developers registered with Apple now have access to the first beta of iOS 12. Apple plans to launch a beta of public beta by the end of June.
However, you should note that iOS 12 is currently only a pre-release release of this operating system and may therefore contain a lot of bugs. Some of them are even so serious that they can lose your data or worse, turn your iPhone / iPad into a “brick”. Therefore, we do not recommend installing any beta software on the main device you use on a daily basis. Instead, use backup devices and do not forget to back up your device before upgrading.