Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Tech | By Anita Cain

How To Get Apple's iOS, watchOS And tvOS Updates Today

How To Get Apple's iOS, watchOS And tvOS Updates Today

May your downloads be quick and your backups be recent.

You can also cut down on notifications however you see fit, and see some minor changes to both Messages and FaceTime. If you haven't prepared, it could take longer.

Leading the pack is improved performance management that provides a snappier experience, directly addressing the revelation past year that Apple had been intentionally slowing down older devices. That issue has been fixed in iOS 12. An added feature called ScreenTime monitors how much time you are spending on your iPhone and a breakdown of the usage.

If you own an iPhone (5s or newer), or an iPad, you can now officially update it to iOS 12, the latest and greatest version of Apple's mobile operating system.

Music app Pandora is also taking advantage of Shortcuts at iOS 12's launch. There are so many new things you will find once upgrading your iOS device, even though the performance will actually feel better, mainly because the update is incredibly polished when compared to iOS 11. David Pierce at The Wall Street Journal noted that the updates to Siri are useful and the improved performance features for older devices welcome. If you don't use Apple's password manager, its new AutoFill extension allows third-party managers to automatically fill passwords, provided they've updated their app for iOS 12. The update is also compatible with the first and second generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 5th and 6th generation iPad, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3 and iPad mini 2 and the sixth generation iPod touch.

As is the case with any modern smart device, the Apple Watch also gets better over time through regular, substantial software updates. Perhaps the most immediate practical example is Apple's new Measure app, which allows you to measure surfaces using your iPhone's camera just by pointing your phone at a surface and drawing a line. Most iOS 11.4.1 users should be able to get the iOS 12 update downloaded in less than 10 minutes.

And then there's watchOS 5, which you can grab through the Apple Watch app on your iPhone.

Apple News is redesigned to make it easier to discover new channels and topics or jump straight to favorites, with a new sidebar on iPad and the Channels tab on iPhone.

In Settings Do Not Disturb there is a new option called Bedtime just below where you set the scheduled DND time. However, once it's set to go, you should see the changes with iOS 12 right away. (Here is a full list of iCloud pricing plans for more storage.) I pay $0.99 every month for 50 GB of storage, which is more than enough space for my needs. Once that's complete, head into Settings and select General Software Update before attempting the installation again.

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