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The full release of Apple's latest products is still a few months away, but if you just can not wait to get on iOS 12, you should know the following.
Does your iPhone or iPad support iOS 12? (Probably)
Rick Broida explained in detail which devices support iOS 12, but the compatibility cheat sheet reads: If your device runs iOS 11, it will run iOS 12.
When will iOS 12 be available?
Starting today, developers (with developer accounts) can download and install iOS 12. All others have to wait until the public beta is available in June or until the final release, which is usually in the fall.
Apple first released iOS 12 in beta form for developers. The first version is usually the coarsest, and it is flawed and results in incompatibility with apps. For this reason, Apple is careful in the first release.
If you have an Apple Developer account, you can download and install iOS 12 along with WatchOS 5, MacOS Mojave, and the latest TVOS beta through the Developer Portal.
The process involves installing a deployment profile and downloading the update over the wireless network or downloading the full builds and loading from iTunes or Xcode.
An Apple Developer membership costs $ 100 a year, and if you do not plan to build and sell apps, it's not worth registering for early access to iOS 12.
For all others
Apple will release iOS 12 as part of its public beta program at some point in June. The official iOS 12 press release merely states that the public beta update will join "later this month", which means some time in June. Last year, Apple released the public beta version of iOS 11 less than two weeks after the keynote.
If the public beta is live, sign in to beta.apple.com. Make sure you make a backup copy of your device first.
But first, back up your device
Before you even think about installing iOS 12, especially while it's in beta, do yourself a favor and create a backup now. Do not rely on iCloud, but preferably use iTunes on a computer.
If your iOS device is connected to iTunes, select "Back up to this computer" and select the check box to create an encrypted backup. Set a password and let iTunes do something.
Creating an encrypted backup saves all passwords for your account and app. If you need to recover your iOS device, you can use this backup instead of entering passwords.
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