Apple iOS 12 and watchOS 5 updates release date and iPhone compatibility

Apple iOS 12 and watchOS 5 updates release date and iPhone compatibility
Given that the just-announced iOS 12 confirmed all the rumors that Apple will focus on under-the-hood advancements in performance and stability, what with the  #batterygate and iOS 11 bug squashing dramas, it's not all that surprising that the newest version will arrive for your trusty old iPhone 5s even. After all, it should at least cover all the gear that the previous release did, just with better performance.

Apple's Craig Federighi went on and on explaining how the software engineers optimized the peak load demands of the iOS apps for better distribution across the processing power inside an iPhone to such an extent, that apps will start up to 2x faster under load, including on older models. 

Hopefully, this will put the final nail in the throttling controversy coffin, as Apple's A-series processors are too powerful for their own good, and their peak loads put a strain on aging batteries, so Apple has thankfully addressed that with iOS 12. 

Apple iOS 12 and watchOS 5 full device compatibility list 

The cool thing is that iOS 12, with its drastically improved performance, group notifications and FaceTime, and all the other great features announced, will be available for every iPhone from 5s and up, so your oldie but goldie 6 will live on, too. 

Unfortunately, the original Apple Watch won't be getting the watchOS 5 update, but that's to be expected, given all the new Watch features that Apple announced today. The walkie-talkie one, in particular, is crying for cellular connectivity, and we are sure parents will be glad to shell $300 per wrist to keep track on their offspring in style.

Apple iOS 12 release date expectations

As usual, Apple is making the just-announced iOS 12 and watchOS 5 updates, with all of their new features, available to developers to play with first, and is making it accessible for them right after the keynote (in fact, we had it up and running as developer beta fifteen minutes after the show.

The final iOS 12 and watchOS 5 update release to the general public of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch owners is scheduled for the "fall," so rest assured that's when we will see some new iPhones making a cameo, too (duh). Now, whether the "affordable" LCD iPhone will be late, while the iPhone X successors will be announced in the usual September timeframe, remains to be seen, but the iOS 12 is sure to be introduced with the first batch in any case. 

Cry not that Apple's latest iOS update is only in developer's hands, as there will most likely be a very public beta of both new updates very soon, and you will be able to take advantage of at least one early iOS 12 preview by the end of the month, as Apple usually does.



19. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2292; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This update has been refreshing from Apple. Looking forward to the performance boost with an A12 on a 6.5 Edge to Edge. Love the Group FaceTime. Families are going to be more involved especially with the MeMoji’s. Apple hit a Homerun. Google is scrambling for their next hit. Apple literally will sell more than 250-265 million iPhones with this update and counting this year.

12. hiepthong

Posts: 7; Member since: Nov 30, 2016

It is wrong The Apple watch series 1 will get the update “watchOS 5 will be available this fall as a free update for Apple Watch Series 1 and later and requires iPhone 5s or later on iOS 12. watchOS 5 will not be available on the original Apple Watch. Features are subject to change. Some features may not be available in all regions.”

9. gamehead unregistered

Apple may not give iOS all the features I want, but at least they support their devices for years. That's a win and a loss.

8. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

So Apple is going to give back the performance they were killing with the 'battery incident' and call it a performance improvement now? Gotcha Apple

17. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

1. Get performance boost 2. Get random shutdown 3. Apple blame the old battery 4. Apple give discounted battery for more models 5. ... 6. Profit? 7. Repeat next year

7. GreenMan

Posts: 2704; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Ah! The legendary 5S is going to receive iOS 12, eh? I don't know about you but... I'm a tad bit skeptical about this decision. Honest. Do I REALLY have to remind you of what happened to the last iPhone that received an EXTRA fourth OS update instead of the usual three? Ah! Thought so! G'Day!

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31809; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

iOS 12 looks strong.

2. adecvat

Posts: 678; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Wow! Will Galaxy S4 receive android 9? Or maybe S5? S6, come on?

3. NateDiaz

Posts: 1094; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Not even Android 8.0

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7679; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

They already have ROMs, so you can do it yourself.

20. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Maybe 1% of users know about it, this is the stupidest argument ever

4. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

what about the Entry level devieces i.e Star, Pocket, Ace lol

6. Hollowmost

Posts: 425; Member since: Oct 10, 2017

Ironically , I'm running Oreo lineage OS on my Galaxy S4

10. Heisenberg

Posts: 379; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

It's only aesthetics that old iPhones will see alongside slowness and crashes. What are the features on iOS12 that S5 doesn't have? Kindly name them

11. adecvat

Posts: 678; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Airplay? :)


Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

Quick connect? Smart view?

15. AmashAziz

Posts: 2934; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

HAHAHAHAHA. Clever one :-)

16. nodes

Posts: 1165; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

it's not about features, it's more about apps support and security. i have one Lenovo tablet laying around, it still runs Lolipop. and boy, so many apps don't support/can't be installed on Lolipop, it's not that old but already feel like ancient because of that.

18. srgonu

Posts: 574; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Well..Not all features of ios 12 available on all devices getting the update. It is fragmented. Updating to make people happy looking at release version will work only in apple world. Reality bites.

1. libra89

Posts: 2355; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

I'm actually looking forward to iOS 12.

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