Although the big focus of Apple's much-anticipated event on Wednesday is its lineup of new iPhones, the company also announced some major news for all the old iPhones out there: iOS 12 is here. The free software update will bring dozens of new features, all sorts of performance enhancements, and a fresh coat of paint to your current iPhone, so maybe it won't feel so old after all, despite the arrival of the new generation.
Apple will officially release the free software update on September 17. The company first previewed iOS 12 at its 2018 Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) back in June, showcasing new features like Screen Time, Siri Shortcuts, Memoji, shared augmented reality experiences, a bunch of new effects in the Camera app, overall speed boosts, and more. However, Apple has since admitted one of iOS 12's marquee features, Group FaceTime, won't be ready on time and will instead arrive via a later software update. All said, though, iOS 12 is a worthy update that should be a no-brainer for anyone with an iPhone or iPad.
As with previous iOS updates, downloading and installing iOS 12 is simple. Just go into your iPhone's Settings app, tap on the General tab, then tap where it says "Software Update." From there, you'll be able to download, then begin installing the update, but only if you iPhone or iPad has at least 50% battery life (if it doesn't, you'll have to connect it to a charger). Once the update is installed, you'll likely have to tap through a few introductory screens spotlighting new features and changes before arriving back to your home screen. That's it. Your old iPhone will be new again. Well, new-ish.