iOS 12 GM is Coming on Wednesday, Here’s How to Prepare For it


Here's a complete checklist / guide on how to prepare your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch for iOS 12 GM (Gold Master) which is set for release this week.

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iOS 12 GM is all set for release this Wednesday along with a bunch of cool hardware like new iPhones, Apple Watch, etc. While the latter is where the party's at, but we're certain that many of you out there in more excited to learn that iOS 12 GM is coming out on the same day too.

iOS 12.5.4 and iPadOS 12.5.4 Security Update Released for Older iPhones and iPads

A Gold Master build is essentially the final release that is meant for developers and testers only. If a last minute bug shows up, Apple will pick up its steaming hot iron and flatten things out and push out an updated version to the public later in the year. But nonetheless, Gold Master is the release candidate and excitement is going to be through the roof when it hits different channels for download. So, if you want to swerve away from disappointment in any way, prepare yourself beforehand.

Make Sure Your Device is Compatible with iOS 12

This one's a no-brainer. If your device can't support iOS 12, then you've been waiting for nothing. But the good news here is that iOS 12 supports a wide variety of devices. In fact, if your device can run iOS 11, it will run iOS 12 just fine. Just in case, go through the list posted here to see if you'll be able to run iOS 12 on day one.

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE and iPhone 5s
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (both generations)
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro and 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad 6 and iPad 5
  • iPad Air 2 and iPad Air
  • iPad mini 2, 3 and 4
  • iPod touch 6th-generation

iOS 12 GM

Compatible? Backup Your Data and Files

iOS 12.5.3 and iPadOS 12.5.3 for iPhone 6, iPad mini 3 and More Also Available for Download

If you found yourself in the list above, then you're good to go ahead with iOS 12 GM this week. But before you do that, please make sure that you've backed up everything using iTunes or iCloud just in case you're planning on doing a clean install, or you know, as a precautionary measure. Anything that keeps your data safe and secure is a nice little measure to take.

Download the Latest Version of iTunes

Though this one's a little early to announce as Apple is probably going to end up releasing a new version of iTunes with support for iOS 12, but nonetheless, download and install the latest version of the desktop software right now as a precautionary measure. You can do so by going to: apple.conm/itunes

Keep Your Lightning Cables Handy if You're Doing a Clean Install

Please make sure that you either use the original Lightning cable that came with your phone or tablet or use a MFi-certified cable if you have those lying around. Do not use a fake or counterfeit cable as it won't ensure safety of your device during charging or syncing operations.

Free Up Some Space (Over the Air Method Only)

Planning to install iOS 12 GM over the air, then you might want to free up some space in order to make room for the update. If you're asking us, we'd suggest cleaning up about 4GB of space just to be on the safe side of the fence, otherwise the installation will simply fail.

Download the iOS Beta Profile or Sign up to Beta Software Program

There are two routes to take if you're planning on downloading the iOS 12 GM. The first one: sign up to Apple's Developer Program and part ways with $99 annually to gain access to the GM. The second one: sign up to Apple's Beta Software Program (for public beta testers) and receive the update the day it is pushed out to developers. The latter is what we recommend and you can sign up by going here. If you'er interested, you can download the iOS developer profile directly from here: Download iOS 12 Beta Without Developer Account - Here's How

Just Wait and Relax as Usual

Now all you have to do is wait it out until iOS 12 GM is released, which is this Wednesday, on the 12th of September.

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