iOS 12: When Should I Update My iPhone & iPad?

Apple's September announcement has come and gone, and that means it's time to get ready for iOS 12. Whether you are upgrading your iPhone to an XS Max or sticking with your trusty 6s, you'll want to update your iOS as soon as possible. Read on to find out what we learned in today's announcement about when to update your iOS so that you can stay ahead of the iPhone curve.

The XS and XS Max ship at the end of September, and although the XR won't be shipping until late October, you can still get started with iOS 12 on your current device beginning on September 17 (that's a week before the XS and XS Max are available in stores if you're keeping score at home). Should you update your iOS before you get your new upgrade? Well, that depends on how much storage space you've got, so let's dive right in to the nitty gritty.

If you're upgrading your iPhone to the newest generation, then iOS 12 will come pre-installed. If, like me, you plan to wait a bit, then you'll need to update your current iPhone (or iPad) on or after September 17. Before you approve the update, make sure you've got at least 5 GB of storage available. This might take a bit of doing, so it's worth it to check out your storage and make sure you've got the space. You can follow this handy guide to help you get your iPhone ready for the new install.

Will you installing iOS 12 on September 17? If so, be sure to check in on our site so that you can stay up to date on everything we're learning about the new iOS. Happy downloading!

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Tamlin Day

Tamlin Day is a feature web writer for iPhone Life and a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine. A prolific writer of tips, reviews, and in-depth guides, Tamlin has written hundreds of articles for iPhone Life. From iPhone settings to recommendations for the best iPhone-compatible gear to the latest Apple news, Tamlin's expertise covers a broad spectrum. 

Before joining iPhone Life, Tamlin received his BFA in Media & Communications as well as a BA in Graphic Design from Maharishi International University (MIU), where he edited MIU's literary journal, Meta-fore. With a passion for teaching, Tamlin has instructed young adults, college students, and adult learners on topics ranging from spoken word poetry to taking the perfect group selfie. Tamlin's first computer, a Radioshack Color Computer III, was given to him by his father. At 13, Tamlin built his first PC from spare parts. He is proud to put his passion for teaching and tech into practice as a writer and educator at iPhone Life.