iOS 12 is out today, 17 September. But can your existing iOS device run the new operating system? 

Well, if you have an iPhone from the iPhone 5S and above you should be okay. In addition, you should be covered if you own an iPad mini 2 or iPad Air and above. Even the sixth-generation iPod touch gets a bit of iOS 12 love.

iOS 12 adds several key new features, including digital wellbeing software, parental controls, power optimisations, sharable AR experiences, new photos, Siri Shortcuts, more notification control, third-party app support in CarPlay, group FaceTime and a lot more.

Apple iOS 12 release date

The finished version of iOS 12 will be available for general download today, 17 September. Here's a list of all the supported devices, just so you can double check whether your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch will be able to run iOS 12 ahead of it going live:


  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS 
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s


  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (second-gen)
  • 10.5-inch iPad Pro
  • 12.9-inch iPad Pro (first-gen)
  • 9.7-inch iPad Pro
  • iPad (fifth-gen)
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

iPod touch

  • iPod touch (sixth-gen)

You can read about the new features here: Apple iOS 12: The new features coming to your iPhone and iPad.