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iOS 12 is the twelfth major release of iOS, being the successor to iOS 11 and the predecessor to iOS 13. It was announced at WWDC 2018 on June 4 alongside tvOS 12, watchOS 5 and macOS Mojave, before being released to the general public on September 17, 2018. It is aesthetically similar to iOS 11 but contains numerous performance and battery life improvements and security updates.

iOS 12 was the last version of iOS to support iPads, which was spun off into iPadOS when iOS 13 was released. iOS 12.5.7 is the final version of iOS 12 was released on January 23, 2023, there won't be a iOS 12.5.8.

Features[]

iOS 12 improves upon or introduces the following features:

  • Screen Time – allows users to track how much time they are spending on their devices and what they are doing.
  • Shortcuts – allows users to automate tasks which Siri can perform
  • ARKit 2
  • CarPlay – can now run third-party navigation applications
  • Messages – introduces customizable Animoji called "Memoji"
  • FaceTime – support for Animoji and Memoji effects
  • Measure – a new AR (augmented reality) application that allows users to take measurements, as well as work as a level.
  • Do Not Disturb During Bedtime function
  • Apple Books (previously iBooks)
  • Safari – updated Intelligent Tracking Prevention
  • Apple Maps – "rebuilt" by relying on first-party map data instead of using map data provided by third parties

Supported Devices[]

iOS 12 is supported on all devices that supported iOS 11. iOS 12 is supported on the following devices:

iPad[]

iPod touch[]

iPhone[]

Release history[]

Version Build Release date Notes
12.0 16A366 Sep. 17, 2018 Initial release on the iPhone XS and XS Max
12.0.1 16A404
16A405[note 1]
Oct. 08, 2018[1][2][3]
12.1 16B92
16B93[note 2]
16B94[note 3]
Oct. 30, 2018[4][5][6]
Nov. 06, 2018[note 3]
Initial release on iPad Pro (3rd generation)
12.1.1 16C50 Dec. 05, 2018[7]
12.1.2 16C101
16C104[note 4]
Dec. 17, 2018
Dec. 20, 2018[note 4]
Only for iPhones
12.1.3 16D39
16D40[note 5]
Jan. 22, 2019[8]
12.1.4 16D57 Feb. 07, 2019[9][10]
12.2 16E227 Mar. 25, 2019[11] Initial release on iPad Air (3rd generation) and iPad mini (5th generation)
12.3 16F156 May 13, 2019[12]
12.3.1 16F203
16F8202[note 6]
May 24, 2019 Initial release on iPod touch (7th generation)
12.3.2 16F250 Jun. 10, 2019 Exclusive to iPhone 8 Plus
12.4 16G77 Jul. 22, 2019[13] Adds support for the Apple Card service; adds migration tool between iPhones running iOS 12
12.4.1 16G102 Aug. 26, 2019[14] Undoes a vulnerability fix reversal from the previous release
12.4.2 16G114 Sep. 26, 2019[15] Exclusive to iOS devices that do not support iOS 13 and above: iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2 / 3 and iPod touch (6th generation)
12.4.3 16G130 Oct. 28, 2019[16]
12.4.4 16G140 Dec. 10, 2019[17]
12.4.5 16G161 Jan. 28, 2020[18]
12.4.6 16G183 Mar. 24, 2020[19]
12.4.7 16G192 May 20, 2020[20]
12.4.8 16G201 Jul. 15, 2020[21]
12.4.9 16H5 Nov. 05, 2020[22]
12.5 16H20 Dec. 14, 2020[23] Adds COVID-19 exposure notification feature to iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 / 6 Plus, iPad Air, iPad mini 2 / 3, and iPod touch (6th generation)
12.5.1 16H22 Jan. 11, 2021 Fixes an issue with exposure notifications on iPhone 5S, iPhone 6 / 6 Plus.
12.5.2 16H30 Mar. 26, 2021 Security updates.
12.5.3 16H41 May 03, 2021
12.5.4 16H50 Jun. 14, 2021
12.5.5 16H62 Sep. 23, 2021[24]
12.5.6 16H71 Aug. 31, 2022[25]
12.5.7 16H71 Jan. 23, 2023

Notes[]

  1. iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max and iPhone XR only
  2. iPhone XR only
  3. 3.0 3.1 Re-release of 12.1 for iPhone XR only on November 6, 2018
  4. 4.0 4.1 Re-release of 12.1.2 for all iPhones on December 20, 2018
  5. iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XR and iPad Pro (3rd generation) only
  6. iPod touch (7th generation) only
Obsolete / unsupported   Current   Beta  

References[]

  1. Clover, Juli. "Apple Releasing iOS 12.0.1 With Fixes for Wi-Fi 2.4GHz Bug, Lightning Charging Issue", MacRumors, October 8, 2018. Retrieved on November 18, 2018. 
  2. Kingsley-Hughes, Adrian. Apple releases iOS 12.0.1 with iPhone XS charging fix (en). Retrieved on 2019-06-04.
  3. About iOS 12 Updates (en). Retrieved on 2019-01-28.
  4. Cross, Jason. "iOS 12.1 is released, adding with Group FaceTime, new emoji, dual-SIM, and more", Macworld, October 30, 2018. Retrieved on November 18, 2018. 
  5. Kelly, Gordon. "Apple Quietly Admits To iPhone Selfie Issue", Forbes, October 23, 2018. Retrieved on November 18, 2018. 
  6. Patel, Nilay. "Apple iPhone XR review: better than good enough", The Verge, October 23, 2018. Retrieved on November 18, 2018. “Apple told me that the forthcoming iOS 12.1 update, currently in public beta, will address the issue of the front camera appearing to smooth out skin by picking a sharper base frame for Smart HDR, but I wasn’t able to test it yet.” 
  7. Chowdhry, Amit. Apple Releases iOS 12.1.1: Details About The New Features You Should Know About (en). Retrieved on 2019-06-04.
  8. About iOS 12 Updates (Apple official website). Retrieved on April 28, 2020.
  9. Hall, Zac (2019-02-07). Group FaceTime server restored following iOS 12.1.4 release, feature disabled on older versions (en-US). Retrieved on 2019-03-14.
  10. Doffman, Zak (August 30, 2019). iPhone Attack Shock: Google Issues 1 Billion Apple Users With Critical Security Warning.
  11. You Need to Update to iOS 12.2 Right Now (en-us). Retrieved on 2019-03-26.
  12. Clover, Juli. Apple Releases iOS 12.3 With New TV App and Channels Feature (en). Retrieved on 2019-08-27.
  13. Clover, Juli. Apple Releases iOS 12.4 With New Wireless Data Migration When Setting Up a New iPhone and Apple News+ Improvements (en). Retrieved on 2019-08-27.
  14. Clover, Juli. Apple Releases iOS 12.4.1 With Jailbreak Vulnerability Fix (en). Retrieved on 2019-08-27.
  15. Juli Clover. "Apple Releases iOS 12.4.2 Update for Older iPhones and iPads", September 26, 2019. Retrieved on September 26, 2019. 
  16. Juli Clover. "Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 13.2 With New Emoji, Deep Fusion for iPhone 11, Siri Privacy Options, and More", October 28, 2019. Retrieved on October 28, 2019. 
  17. "About the security content of iOS 12.4.4", December 10, 2019. Retrieved on December 10, 2019. 
  18. Juli Clover. "Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 13.3.1 With Toggle for Turning Off U1 Chip in Latest iPhones", January 28, 2020. Retrieved on January 28, 2020. “Apple has also released an iOS 12.4.5 update for older devices.” 
  19. Juli Clover. "Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 13.4 With New Mail Toolbar, iCloud Folder Sharing, Trackpad Support for iPad and More", March 24, 2019. Retrieved on March 24, 2020. 
  20. Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 13.5 With Exposure Notification API, Face ID Mask Updates, Group FaceTime Changes and More (en). Retrieved on 2020-05-20.
  21. Juli Clover (July 15, 2020). Apple Releases iOS 13.6 With Car Key, Toggle to Turn Off Automatic Update Downloads, Audio Apple News+ Stories and More. MacRumors. Retrieved on July 15, 2020.
  22. Juli Clover (November 5, 2020). Apple Releases iOS 14.2 and iPadOS 14.2 With New Emoji, Control Center Music Recognition, Intercom, Wallpapers and More. MacRumors. Retrieved on November 5, 2020.
  23. Juli Clover (December 14, 2020). Apple Releases iOS 14.3 and iPadOS 14.3 With AirPods Max Support, ProRAW for iPhone 12 Pro, Apple Fitness+ and More. MacRumors.
  24. iOS 12.5.5 (16H62), Apple Developer. 2021-09-23.
  25. Apple releases iOS 12.5.6 for older iPhones by Wesley Hilliard, AppleInsider. 2022-08-31.

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