Apple releases iOS 12 and watchOS 5 updates

Pauline Obrien
September 18, 2018

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.

If you need your phone during the day, there's also the option to Install Tonight, which will do exactly that-install iOS 12 while you sleep, provided your device is plugged in.

With this update, Apple says the camera will now launch up to 70 percent faster, and the keyboard 50 percent faster. And if you use two-factor authentication-which you should-iOS 12 will even auto-fill two-factor authentication codes that come in as text messages, saving you the hassle.

Apple's new iOS 12 update comes with a long list of changes including performance enhancements and features like Screen Time and Siri Shortcuts. Additionally, each app scored a handful of new features and improvements, many of which are available across all three apps, while others are app-specific, such as animated drawings in Pages and Smart Categories in Numbers. Apart from the obvious features that are listed on Apple's website (which you can check out here) there are certain things that you will find in the iOS 12 changelog only.

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IOS 12 is free to download, and it's now available on all eligible devices over-the-air, by entering the "Settings" tab on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Taking a stroll through Apple's Shortcuts app presents all kinds of new possibilities. You can use these new Memoji and Animoji on iMessage, and on FaceTime - which, by the way - are getting major updates. You can also search for lyrics (in the US, UK, Australia, and Canada), set multiple timers, and ping your other iOS devices.

As promised during last week's presentation, Apple has released the iOS 12 update into the wild, and now you can download it to your device and take advantage of its new features.

So you can expect iOS 12, watchOS 5 and tvOS 12 to start going live at 6pm BST, 10 AM PT or 1PM ET today.

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Although Apple has worked hard to include as many devices as possible, this latest operating system isn't compatible with all iPhone and iPad models.

Notifications. This new system is all about avoiding interruptions and reducing clutter on your lock screen. Moving from one version of iOS to another can cause problems so you'll want to monitor the download and installation as they make progress. That issue has been fixed in iOS 12.

If you haven't received the notification yet, you can check under Settings General Software Update. The phone will check for the update and notify you to download and install. Siri will suggest that you turn off notifications for apps you don't use very often. The idea is to make Siri more useful in your daily life by minimizing the number of steps you need to take to accomplish things.

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