The devices that support iOS 12 and watchOS 5
Is your iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch going to get the latest operating system update? Jason Cross has the answer
WWDC 2018 is over, and Apple spent the entire keynote focusing exclusively on its new operating systems. Due to be launched in the autumn, as we’ve already seen they are full of interesting new features, but new features often come with a price. Major new operating systems don’t always support the same devices as the current version. Will your Apple device run the new OSes when they debut later this year? Consult our lists below.
The new version of iOS will run on every iPhone and iPad that supports iOS 11. The operating system is chock full of awesome features, but if you have an older device, you shouldn’t worry too much about it slowing your iPhone or iPad to a crawl. A top focus for Apple this time around is improving performance, and it’s paying particular attention to older devices. So there’s a good chance your iPhone 6s will actually be a lot snappier with iOS 12 than with iOS 11. This is Apple’s list of all the devices that support iOS 12.
• iPhone X • iPhone 8 • iPhone 8 Plus • iPhone 7 • iPhone 7 Plus • iPhone 6s • iPhone 6s Plus • iPhone 6 • iPhone 6 Plus • iPhone SE • iPhone 5s
• 12.9in iPad Pro 2nd generation • 12.9in iPad Pro 1st generation • 10.5in iPad Pro • 9.7in iPad Pro • iPad 6th generation • iPad 5th generation
• iPad Air 2
• iPad Air
• iPad mini 4
• iPad mini 3
• iPad mini 2
Other supported devices
• iPod Touch 6th generation
The new version of watchOS brings some great new features, including stacked notifications, interactive notifications, better fitness tracking, Podcasts, and a nifty Walkie-Talkie feature, just to name a few.
But there’s a catch: If you have the original Apple Watch (often called Series 0), you won’t get the update. The new OS officially requires an iPhone running iOS 12 and Apple Watch Series 1 or later. And we expect Apple to introduce a new Apple Watch Series 4 this autumn, which will, of course, ship with the new OS on board.
Supported Apple Watches
• Apple Watch Series 1
• Apple Watch Series 2
• Apple Watch Series 3 Support dropped • Original Apple Watch (Series 0)
Apple Watch Series 3