Apple iOS 18 & iPadOS 18 Compatible Devices & Notable New Features – Does your iPhone and iPad get the update?

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On 10-Jun-24, Apple officially revealed iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 to the public on their WWDC 24 event. There were some surprise announcements, such as the inclusion of all iOS 17 devices to receive iOS 18 and then Apple also announced Apple Intelligence and there were many more. Check out the details below.

These are full list of iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 compatible devices.

In case you are looking for full list of devices compatible with iOS 18 and iPadOS 18, here they are.

iPhone 16 series (not-yet announced)
iPhone 15
iPhone 15 Plus
iPhone 15 Pro
iPhone 15 Pro Max
iPhone 14
iPhone 14 Plus
iPhone 14 Pro
iPhone 14 Pro Max
iPhone 13
iPhone 13 mini
iPhone 13 Pro
iPhone 13 Pro Max
iPhone 12
iPhone 12 mini
iPhone 12 Pro
iPhone 12 Pro Max
iPhone 11
iPhone 11 Pro
iPhone 11 Pro Max
iPhone XS
iPhone XS Max
iPhone XR
iPhone SE (2nd generation or later)
iPad Pro (M4)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation and later)
iPad Pro 11-inch (1st generation and later)
iPad Air (M2)
iPad Air (3rd generation and later, including M2)
iPad (7th generation and later)
iPad mini (5th generation and later)
Cheaper iPhone XR colorful
In surprising move, iPhone XR – released back in 2019 is still getting iOS 18 updates – this makes the 6th year iOS update for iPhone XR.

Here are list of devices running iOS 17 and iPadOS 17 that are no longer getting updates for iOS 18 and iPadOS 18.

These are the list. If you happen to own one of these devices, starting this year, your devices won’t get iOS and iPadOS updates anymore.

None – all iPhone that runs iOS 17 can be updated to iOS 18iPad Pro 10.5-inch (first released on 2017)
iPad (6th generation and later)
iPad Pro 12.9-inch (2nd generation)

Notable New Features available on iOS 18 and iPadOS 18

These are notable new features announced by Apple during WWDC 24 based on their importance (at least to me).

1) Apple Intelligence

Apple Intelligence. Image courtesy of Apple.

Everybody nowadays is going into AI and so does Apple with Apple Intelligence. Either writing or communication or generating image, you can count on Apple Intelligence. As of when this article is written, Apple Intelligence is available in form of video demo only – to be released later in fall 2024 as beta and only available for iPhone 15 Pro Max (or any newer devices, such as iPhone 16) and any iPad with M1 chip or later.

2) Home Screen & Icons Customization

Home Screen & Icons Customization. Image courtesy of Apple.

What’s available on Android since the birth of Android and as iOS jailbreak feature since (if I’m remembering correctly) iOS 7, now finally available on iOS 18 and iPadOS 18, where you can place your icons whenever you like on the screen – they don’t need to be in sequence top to bottom and left to right anymore.

Moreover, you can switch all the app icons to be light-colored or dark-colored or tinted.

3) Lock any apps with Face ID (or Touch ID)

Lock any apps with “Require Face ID”. Image courtesy of Apple.

Finally on iOS 18 and iPadOS 18, Apple allowed any apps to be locked and secured by Face ID (or Touch ID). Just long press the app icon and choose “Require Face ID”.

4) Record and Transcribe Live call on Phone app

Based on the iOS 18 spec sheet, it’s mentioned the capability of recording and transcribing live call using the built-in Phone app though based on my own testing on iOS 18 Dev Beta 1 (this is the version available for testing as of when this article is written), I couldn’t find a way to record and do live transcribing. Well, perhaps on the upcoming Dev Beta/Public Beta?!

5) Send Later and RCS support on Messages app

RCS support on iOS 18. Image courtesy of Apple.

Well finally Apple is willing to support RCS. So now between Android and iOS, messaging should be more seamless. The send later feature is also going to be very useful, such as when sending people’s birthday message – I won’t need to wake up middle of the night just to send someone a birthday wishes at 00:00am.

6) Messages via Satellite

Messages via satellite. Image courtesy of Apple.

Be it you are on the airplane or lost somewhere in the mountain or jungle, now you can send messages via Satellite. While currently the service is free, who knows if going forward, Apple will charge you for subscription fees.

7) New Passwords app

New Password app. Image courtesy of Apple.

Finally, a solution to store and keep all of your password directly from Apple as built-in app. Not sure whether Apple will get in trouble by releasing this app (read: sued by other password app makers as anti-competitive), but definitely this is going to be password-app you could trust (if you trust Apple to handle your data in the first place).

8) Game Mode

New Game Mode that automatically launched when you play supported games. Image courtesy of Apple.

Previous iOS and iPadOS already have Game Mode in form of Focus mode, but this time on iOS 18 and iPadOS 18, Apple made it built-in and launch automatically when a game is played.

9) Wallet – Tap to Cash

Tap to Cash. Image courtesy of Apple.

If you used NameDrop or AirDrop before, Tap to Cash is pretty similar. Just hold 2 iPhone nearby, then you can send/pay money using just your iPhone.

10) Big Upgrade to Calculator app

Finally, Calculator app for iPad! Image courtesy of Apple.

Since the release of iPad back in 2010 (iPad Original or iPad 1), Apple never include Calculator app (did you even notice?). Well, with iPadOS 18, now iPad will have its Calculator app as built-in iPadOS app that includes Math Notes and Unit Convesion. Not only does iPadOS gets the calculator, but also iOS 18 will get a significant upgrade to the calculator app. Now the Calculator app can memorize past calculations, can store more than one actions and edit previously calculated figures.

And many other new features…

Check out the details on the official Apple website below.

iOS 18
iPadOS 18
iPadOS 18. Image courtesy of Apple.

Bring it all together

So, are your iPhone and iPad compatible with the new iOS 18 and iPadOS 18? Hopefully they are. At the time this article is written, both iOS 18 and iPadOS 18 is available in form of Developer Beta. I have just installed it on my iPhone. I’ll definitely cover more on their new features. Share me your comments and thoughts on it on the comment section down below.

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iPhone and iOS Tips and Tricks (iPad, iPod Touch and iPadOS included too!). Image courtesy of Apple.

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