Apple’s finally confirmed the iOS 12 release date and the new operating system arrives just ahead of the company’s new iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Plus.
iOS 12’s spent months in beta testing and Apple’s finally ready to deploy the final product for millions of iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models around the world.
As expected, the iOS 12 release date is confirmed for September and iOS 11 users only have to wait a few more days for the upgrade.
The final version won’t have Group FaceTime calls or new emojis on board, but the company’s new mobile operating system is packed to the brim with new features including Memojis, new Animojis, a new Screen Time function to help manage smartphone addiction, ARKit 2.0, and performance enhancements.
All iOS 11-powered devices are eligible for the iOS 12 upgrade including the iPhone 5s. iOS 12 will also power the new 2018 iPhone models.
If you own an iOS 11-powered phone or tablet, here’s everything you need to know about the iOS 12 release date and time for your device.
iOS 12 Release Date
Apple’s confirmed the iOS 12 release date for Monday, September 17th. This is the release date for all iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models capable of running the new operating system.
The iOS 12 release date falls between two other key dates: The start of iPhone Xs pre-orders on September 14th and the iPhone Xs release date on September 21st.
The release date falls a few weeks before Apple plans to put its new 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, dubbed iPhone Xr, on sale in the United States and countries around the world.
Like the iPhone Xs and iPhone Xs Max, the iPhone Xr will run iOS 12 out of the box.
iOS 12 Release Time
Apple didn’t confirm a specific iOS 12 release time on stage, but the company always releases its software updates around 10AM Pacific on release day.
This means if you live in London, England you should see the iOS 12 update around 6PM in the evening. If you live in Melbourne, Australia, you’ll need to stay up late or wake up early if you want to install iOS 12 right when it’s released. iOS software typically drop in Australia at 3AM.
Major iOS releases are often plagued with download issues as Apple’s servers get slammed with requests from eager iPhone, iPad, and iPod users. Those looking to avoid download issues and error codes should wait a few hours before installing the iOS 12 update.
Apple also plans to release watchOS 5 and tvOS 12 alongside the iOS 12 update on September 21st. macOS Mojave will launch a week later on September 24th.