iOS 12 Overview Updated January 19, 2021

iOS 12

The Snow Leopard release for iOS

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January 2018 - January 2021


Dubbed the Snow Leopard release, iOS 12 focuses on performance and squashing bugs among other features. The current public version is iOS 12.2

What’s new?

Apple has reportedly shelved may major features that was originally slated for this release, such as a redesigned Home screen for the iPhone X, and major updates to Mail. Instead, the update will feature augmented reality improvements, health features and improved parental controls.

The focus on stability instead of packing tons of new features is mainly due to the bugginess and endless issues Apple has been trying to deal with on its platforms as of late. Despite this, Apple is reportedly still on schedule to unify iOS and macOS apps.

The release is similar to OS X’s Snow Leopard on the Mac, as the main focus of that release was also stability and performance enhancements. To this day, many customers still consider Snow Leopard as Apple’s best operating system for having rock solid performance without much bugs.

iOS 12 Stories January 19

Apple no longer signing iOS 12.5 for older devices, blocking downgrades from iOS 12.5.1

Apple today stopped signing iOS 12.5, which is available for older iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad models. This comes after the company released iOS 12.5.1 for these devices last week with bug fixes for the COVID-19 exposure notification feature.

iOS 12 Stories January 11

Apple has released iOS 12.5.1 for older iPhones and iPads today, roughly one month after the release of iOS 12.5. The update includes bug fixes for the COVID-19 exposure notification feature.

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iOS 12 Stories December 14, 2020

Apple has released iOS 12.5 for older iPhone models today, bringing support for COVID-19 exposure notifications. This is a major change as it expands contact tracing to iPhones that don’t support iOS 14, including devices like the massively popular iPhone 6 series.

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iOS 12 Stories July 22, 2019

Update: macOS Mojave 10.14.6, iOS 12.4, watchOS 5.3, tvOS 12.4, Apple TV software update 7.3.1 for Apple TV 3, and HomePod 12.4 are now available.

We expect Apple will release iOS 12.4 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch later today. The update has been in developer and public beta since mid-May. This software release could be the first version of iOS that supports the Apple Card release, Apple’s new credit card with special features in the Wallet app on iOS, although it’s possible Apple Card could appear in a later update.

We also expect Apple to release a 12.4 update for HomePod, adding support for Japan and Taiwan.

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iOS 12 Stories July 16, 2019

Apple Card is coming this summer, and we expect the new credit card from Apple to be supported in iOS 12.4. Apple hasn’t been more specific about the exact launch date for US customers, but the company has been releasing developer beta versions of iOS 12.4 without Apple Card included for several weeks.

Apple is releasing the seventh developer beta version of the upcoming software update today, one week since beta 6 reached developers. We’ve also heard from multiple anonymous sources that Apple Card would launch this week, but it’s unclear if that will happen based on the beta release.

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iOS 12 Stories July 9, 2019

Apple Card is coming this summer, and we expect the new credit card from Apple to be supported in iOS 12.4. Apple hasn’t been more specific about the exact launch date for US customers, but the company has been releasing developer beta versions of iOS 12.4 without Apple Card included for several weeks. Apple will release the sixth developer beta version of the upcoming software update later today, hopefully marking the final pre-release seed before the update is ready for prime time.

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iOS 12 Stories May 28, 2019

Apple releasing third iOS 12.4 developer beta today [U: Now available]

A week and a half since Apple introduced the first iOS 12.4 developer beta for testing, and Apple appears to be ready to release iOS 12.4 beta 3. We also expect Apple to release the second watchOS 5.3 beta today.

iOS 12 Stories May 24, 2019

Update: Now available.

Roughly two weeks after releasing iOS 12.3 for iPhone and iPad, Apple is preparing to release iOS 12.3.1 with two bug fixes. The update will be available later today.

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iOS 12 Stories May 20, 2019

We’re less than one week out since Apple introduced the first iOS 12.4 developer beta for testing, and Apple appears to be ready to release iOS 12.4 beta 2. We also expect iOS 12.4 public beta 2 to be released today.

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iOS 12 Stories May 15, 2019

With iOS 12.3 out of beta as of Monday, Apple is moving on to iOS 12.4 developer beta for iPhone and iPad. macOS 10.14.6 developer beta for Mac, tvOS 12.4 developer beta for Apple TV, and watchOS 5.3 developer beta for Apple Watch are also available today.

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iOS 12 Stories May 10, 2019

Apple releasing fifth iOS 12.3 developer and public betas today [U: Beta 6]

Update 5/10: iOS 12.3 beta 6 has landed during the same week. We’ll update if any changes are discovered.

Testing the iOS 12.3 developer beta on your iPhone or iPad? The fifth beta version of iOS 12.3 will be available shortly. We’ll update our coverage to highlight any changes discovered in the beta release.

iOS 12 Stories April 29, 2019

Testing the iOS 12.3 developer beta on your iPhone or iPad? The fourth beta version of iOS 12.3 will be available shortly. We’ll update our coverage to highlight any changes discovered in the beta release.

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iOS 12 Stories April 8, 2019

It’s been almost two weeks since Apple started a new beta cycle with the release of iOS 12.3 beta 1. The update brought with it the initial code-level support for some of the features announced during the “It’s show time” event, including assets for the Apple Card, which we revealed would be paired in a similar way to AirPods.

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iOS 12 Stories March 29, 2019

Earlier this week Apple released the initial developer beta of iOS 12.3. This latest update comes right on the heels of Apple’s recent Services event, and the iOS 12.2 public release. What’s new in iOS 12.3 beta 1? Watch our brief hands-on video for the details. expand full story

iOS 12 Stories March 27, 2019

Two days after releasing the final version of iOS 12.2 for all users, Apple is today starting a new beta cycle with the release of iOS 12.3 beta 1. The update should become available at the top of the hour for developers enrolled in the Apple Developer Program with the beta profile installed.

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iOS 12 Stories March 25, 2019

Apple has released the public version of iOS 12.2, which includes the launch of the company’s brand new Apple News+ subscription service for magazines. The update, which is available for all eligible iPhone, iPads, and the iPod touch, includes a bevy of new changes, features and enhancements.

Needless to say, iOS 12.2 is a massive update, and likely the last big update before iOS 13 launches in beta later this year. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough and we step through all of the new changes and features in iOS 12.2. expand full story

iOS 12 Stories March 18, 2019

[Update: Sixth beta versions of iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.4 now available.]

Apple is releasing iOS 12.2 beta 6 for iPhone and iPad today. The latest beta update should be released over-the-air at the top of the hour. Apple will also likely release the sixth beta versions of watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.4 today as well. We’ll update our coverage if any notable changes are discovered in the latest software updates.

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iOS 12 Stories March 11, 2019

We’ve been testing the developer beta of iOS 12.2 since its first release back in late January. Since then, we’ve learned that the new version includes support for unreleased AirPods with “Hey, Siri” support and also found evidence of the rumored Apple News subscription service. In this post, I’ll highlight some under-the-hood changes that may or may not end up in the final release, but are interesting nonetheless.

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[Update: Fifth beta versions of iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.4 now available.]

Apple is releasing iOS 12.2 beta 5 for iPhone and iPad today. The latest beta update should be released over-the-air at the top of the hour. Apple will also likely release the fifth beta versions of watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.4 today as well. We’ll update our coverage if any notable changes are discovered in the latest software updates.

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iOS 12 Stories March 4, 2019

Earlier today Apple released the fourth developer beta for iOS 12.2. Like previous betas, the update brings several user-discernible changes to the mix. Watch our brief hands-on video walkthrough for a look at some of the most significant new changes and features in iOS 12.2 beta 4. expand full story

[Update: Fourth beta versions of iOS 12.2, watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.4 are now available.]

[Update 2: iOS 12.2 public beta also arriving today.]

Apple is releasing iOS 12.2 beta 4 for iPhone and iPad today. The latest beta update should be released over-the-air at the top of the hour. Apple will also likely release the fourth beta versions of watchOS 5.2, tvOS 12.2, and macOS 10.14.4 today as well. We’ll update our coverage if any notable changes are discovered in the latest software updates.

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iOS 12 Stories February 20, 2019

Apple is releasing the third iOS 12.2 public beta today following the developer beta release yesterday. iOS 12.2 public beta includes the latest Animoji characters — shark, owl, giraffe, and warthog options — before they’re officially released.

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iOS 12 Stories February 19, 2019

The third developer beta for iOS 12.2 was released earlier today, and includes new changes like and updated Apple TV remote, rearranged About page in the Settings app, minor Apple News tweaks, and more. Watch our hands-on video as we step through what’s new in iOS 12.2 beta 3. expand full story

[Update: iOS, watchOS, and tvOS betas now available. macOS public beta has also been updated.]

Apple is releasing iOS 12.2 beta 3 for iPhone and iPad today. The latest beta update should be released over-the-air at the top of the hour. Apple will also release the third beta versions of watchOS 5.2 and likely tvOS 12.2 today as well. macOS 10.14.4 beta 3 landed yesterday. We’ll update our coverage if any notable changes are discovered in the latest software updates. The update should restore Group FaceTime calls for iOS 12.2 beta testers after iOS 12.1.4 was officially released earlier this month to resolve a privacy bug.

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