Now that iOS 11.4.1 is out, all eyes are on the iOS 12 update Apple’s beta testing. With an iOS 12 release date just weeks away, now is a great time to start prepping for its arrival.
Apple’s iOS 11.4.1 update could be the final version of iOS 11. The company hasn’t confirmed iOS 11.4.2 and we don’t expect it to roll out a new iOS 11.5 milestone update this summer with its next operating system this close.
The iOS 12 update is the next version of Apple’s operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch and its headed our way this fall.
Apple hasn’t confirmed a specific iOS 12 release date, but all signs point to an arrival alongside new iPhones and iPads in the usual launch window.
iOS 12 Release Date
The company is reportedly working on new hardware including three new iPhone models and at least one new 2018 iPad model. The devices are expected to launch in September which means we’ll more than likely see iOS 12 arrive sometime that month ahead of their release date(s).
Apple is currently on the third iOS 12 beta for developers, second beta for those in the public Beta Software Program, and we expect the company to release several more as we push into the summer. The company typically pushes five or more betas before it feels comfortable pushing software to millions of users around the world.
Beta testing will likely continue through the company’s fall media event where it will almost certainly announce the global iOS 12 release date on stage. We expect the final iOS 12 beta, the Gold Master (GM) to arrive in and around that launch date. Once the GM arrives, the official iOS 12 release is imminent.
The iOS 12 beta will drag on for a few more weeks, but don’t let that stop you from preparing for the iOS 12 update’s arrival. There are a few things you can, and probably should, do before Apple makes things official.
In this guide we’ll go over some tips and tricks that will you prepare yourself, and your device, for the iOS 12 release date this fall.
We've still got a few weeks to go, but make sure you use the time between right now and the iOS 12 release date wisely. Many of you will benefit from doing some prep work ahead of the update's arrival.
You don't need to go all out just yet, but there are a few things you can do to make your life easier on release day.
First, if you're running out of storage, now would be a great time to do some cleanup. iOS 12 will likely be a sizable download and cleaning out your storage will make for a more efficient installation process.
If you don't have enough space to install iOS 12 you'll be forced to temporarily delete apps and other files to make room. If you use this time to get rid of files you no longer need, you won't have to deal with this. A little cleanup could also help speed up your phone or tablet.
Go into your device's storage and see if you can't find files (music, photos, videos, etc) you no longer want and delete them or move them somewhere like iCloud.
You should also start backing up the data stored on your device(s). This is extremely important if you store important data on your device.
You should also make sure you've got all of your logins saved or handy. When you install iOS 12, it'll likely ask you to login with your Apple ID and you may get logged out of some of your apps and services.
If you don't want to spend time tracking down all of those details, you'll want to make sure you have them ready on release day.