This Monday, September 17, 2018, Apple will be releasing new versions of its iOS, TVOS, Watch OS, and HomePod Software. Each new update contains numerous new features, improved functionality, and other enhancements to make your devices even more awesome. At the end of this article, you will find a link to learn all about the features in Apple’s latest software, but for now, we’ve put together this post to help you get your devices ready for the updates.
Should I Update?
If you’ve worked with TTJ before, you know how we feel about this. The answer is, absolutely yes. Keeping your devices up-to-date always helps to ensure you receive not only the latest in features in functionality, but also the latest in important security fixes, performance enhancements, and more. While it is certainly possible in theory that a few bugs will be found here in there in the new software, and this usually does happen, Apple tests this software thoroughly and does its best to ensure everything runs smoothly. Plus, developers and public beta testers have put the software through its paces and have reported any issues long before they had a chance to reach the masses. So in short, upgrading is highly recommended.
TTJ Support Contracts and Software Updates
If you have any of our device support contracts or Premium Support Plans, we’ll help you get your devices up-to-date, either remotely or, in select areas, in-person. This service is included at no additional charge in your contract. Please note that TTJ wil continue to support iOS 11.4, TVOS 11.4, HomePod Software 11.4, and Watch OS 4 through the end of 2018. As of January 1, 2019, support for these operating systems will be discontinued, and all customers with TTJ device support or Premium Support Contracts will need to have their devices up-to-date with iOS 12.X, TVOS 12.X, HomePod Software 12.X, and Watch OS 5.X in order to continue receiving software support.
Prepare Your Devices:
To ensure that your update experience goes as smoothly as possible, please follow all recommendations in this section.
First, be sure Two Factor Authentication is enabled for your Apple ID. If you’re not sure, use your iOS device to visit Settings, Your Name, then Password and Security.
Next, be sure you are running the latest versions of Apple’s software prior to iOS 12. Use your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch to check iOS and HomePod version. For iOS, go to Settings, General, and About and check the software version. For HomePod, open the Home app, tap on the Add and Edit Homes option, scroll down to the Speakers section, then tap Software Update.
For TVOS, on your Apple TV, head on over to Settings, then System, then go down to Maintenance and choose Software Updates.
On Apple Watch, press the Digital Crown to access the Home Screen, then choose Settings, General, and About.
Latest versions are iOS 11.4.1, HomePod Software 11.4.1, TVOS 11.4.1, and Watch OS 4.2, and if you’re not running the latest versions, you should run Software Update prior to this Monday.
Finally, be sure your devices are backed up. If your devices were configured by The Tech Juggernaut, everything is set up properly so that back-ups take place automatically. This means you have nothing to worry about. If you wish to be extra certain, or if TTJ did not set up your devices, feel free to get in touch with us, and we’ll walk you through how to check back-up status and perform a back-up. Note that TVOS does not use true Back-ups. Instead, the One Home Screen (iCloud Home Screen syncing) option ensures that all your apps will be downloaded in the unlikely event of any issues. Again, TTJ wil have configured this for you, but if you want to triple check, or if TTJ had nothing to do with your Apple TV set-up, please contact us for additional information.
On Monday, when all the new software is live, we will post a quick announcement to this Blog, so you’ll know it is time to update your devices. If you wish to receive help from us, or if you have any questions at all, please call us at 814-287-9178, or contact us Here. What’s New in iOS 12