Apple's iOS12 Releases Today: What You Need To Know

Apple Watch Series 4 also launches today Here's what you need to know

iOS 12 is available today as a free software update for iPhone 5s and later for all iPad Air and iPad Pro models, iPad 5th generation, iPad 6th generation, iPad mini 2 and later, and iPod touch 6th generation.

The feverishly-anticipated iOS 12 mobile operating system is now available to download on nearly all iPhones and iPads right now.

It comes with a strong focus on performance, especially in how that relates to older devices like the iPhone 6.

Depending on what device you're on, it might take a few GBs to download so it is best to update to iOS 12 on an unmetered WiFi connection.

With all that said, once you do get into iOS 12 be sure to check out all of the great new features it has to offer, including Shortcuts, Screen Time and more. If you visit the App Store's updates page, you'll see that many apps are adding support for Siri Shortcuts. Shared AR experiences have been created to allow multiple iOS users to use AR apps at the same time, while persistent AR allows people to place virtual objects into the real world that they can later return to, a sort of AR object save feature. Here's how to download iOS 12. The company touts that there's an up to 70 percent faster swipe to Camera and up to 50 percent faster keyboard display on iOS 12, as well as up to 2x faster app launch under a heavy workload. Instead of seeing a long list of notifications iOS 12 now groups them for you -not just by the app but also by topic and thread.

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Apple's new mobile firmware is now available to download and here's the complete iOS 12 changelog for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices.

Apple News is redesigned to make it easier to discover new channels and topics or jump straight to favorites, with a new sidebar on iPad and the Channels tab on iPhone. With regular Do Not Disturb, your phone is merely silenced, but notifications still appear on the lock screen. But be warned - if you're going to use the Measure app to get a read on your dong, it may not be that accurate. Most iOS 11.4.1 users should be able to get the iOS 12 update downloaded in less than 10 minutes.

If you run into an issue with iOS 12, take a look at our list of fixes for common iOS 12 problems.

If any of those features sound like your cup of tea, accessing watchOS 5 is as easy as ever: visit the "Software Update" section of your Watch's General settings menu and follow the on-screen instructions to download it.

You'll also want to be on the lookout for bugs and keep an eye on your device's performance in key areas like battery life, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity. If you're never a fan of how iOS handles multiple notifications, iOS 12 finally brings grouped notifications that are similar to Android.

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