iOS 12/WatchOS 5/TVOS 12: Is your device supported?

iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 are days away from landing, but will your iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Apple TV be supported, or will the launch mean a trip to the Apple Store?
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

Good news for anyone who has an older iOS device -- there's a good chance that iOS 12 won't be sending you to the Apple Store to buy new hardware.

Put simply, if your iPhone or iPad can run iOS 11 then you're in luck because it will also run the iOS 12 update scheduled to land this coming fall.

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iOS 12

Here is a full list of iPhones, iPads, and iPod touch devices that will be supported by iOS 12:


  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8/8 Plus
  • iPhone 7/7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s/6s Plus
  • iPhone 6/6 Plus
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 5s


  • 12.9‑inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
  • 12.9‑inch iPad Pro 1st generation
  • 10.5‑inch iPad Pro
  • 9.7‑inch iPad Pro
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad 6th generation
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

iPod touch:

  • iPod touch 6th generation

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What about tvOS 12 and watchOS 5?

tvOS 12 will run on 4th generation Apple TV devices and later, which currently run tvOS 11.

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On the watchOS front, 1st generation Apple Watch are out of luck (given how sluggish these devices are running watchOS 4, I'm not surprised to see them sidelined), but everyone else who has bought an Apple Watch will get watchOS 5.

Note: Apple Watch naming is a bit confusing. The first Apple Watch, released April 2015, was renamed the Apple Watch Original when it was updated to the Apple Watch Series 1 and released alongside the new Apple Watch Series 2 in September 2016. The newer Apple Watch Series 3 was released September 2017. The Apple Watch that is not supported by watchOS 5 is the 2015 Apple Watch Original.

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So if you own one of those solid gold $10K first-generation Apple Watch Edition, well, it was fun while it lasted.


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