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Which devices support iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS Mojave?

The big WWDC 2018 keynote is over, and Apple spent the entire time focusing exclusively on its new operating systems. If you missed it, here’s a list of all the nifty stuff announced.

All the new operating systems—iOS 12, watchOS 5, tvOS 12, and macOS Mojave—are expected to be released this fall (in September, if history is any indication). They’re full of hot new features, but new features often come with a price. Major new operating systems don’t always support the same devices as the current version. Will your Apple device run the new OSes when they debut this fall? Consult our lists below.

iOS 12

Good news! The new version of iOS will run on every iPhone and iPad that supports iOS 11. The new OS is chock full of awesome features, but if you have an older device, you shouldn't worry too much about it slowing your iPhone or iPad to a crawl. A top focus for Apple this time around is improving performance, and it's paying particular attention to older devices. So there’s a good chance your iPhone 6s will actually be a lot snappier with iOS 12 than with iOS 11.

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This is Apple’s list of all the devices that support iOS 12.

Supported iPhones

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

Supported iPads

  • 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 6th generation
  • iPad 5th generation
  • iPad Air 2
  • iPad Air
  • iPad mini 4
  • iPad mini 3
  • iPad mini 2

Other supported devices

  • iPod Touch 6th generation
  • HomePod

watchOS 5

The new version of watchOS brings some great new features, including stacked notifications, interactive notifications, better fitness tracking, Podcasts, and a nifty walkie-talkie feature, just to name a few.

But there’a a catch: If you have the original Apple Watch (often called Series 0), you won’t get the update. The new OS officially requires an iPhone running iOS 12 and Apple Watch Series 1 or later. And we expect Apple will probably introduce a new Apple Watch Series 4 this fall, which will of course ship with the new OS on board:

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Here’s what Apple has to say about watchOS 5 compatibility.

Supported Apple Watches

  • Apple Watch Series 1
  • Apple Watch Series 2
  • Apple Watch Series 3

Support dropped

  • Original Apple Watch (Series 0)

tvOS 12

Apple’s custom operating system for its Apple TV streaming media box isn’t getting the sort sweeping upgrade iOS is, but tvOS 12 still adds some great new features. You get Dolby Atmos audio, new Aerial screen savers, Zero Sign-on, and improvements within the TV app.

You’ll be able to upgrade to tvOS 12 on any device that supported tvOS 11. The older Apple TV devices (with ones without the Siri remote) have been stuck on iOS 8 for a few years now.

Supported Apple TVs

  • Apple TV (4th generation)
  • Apple TV 4K (5th generation)

Unsupported devices

  • Apple TV (1st generation)
  • Apple TV (2nd generation)
  • Apple TV (3rd generation)

macOS Mojave

Dark Mode, Stacks, Finder improvements, and new apps like News and Home...there’s a lot of great stuff in macOS Mojave (10.14). Unfortunately, if you have a Mac over six years old, you probably won't be able to run it.

The new version of macOS officially drops support for any Mac before 2012, with the exception of some Mac Pro systems that have a graphics processor with Metal support. This seems to be because OpenGL is being “deprecated” in macOS 10.14. That means it’s still technically in there, and will work, but is no longer officially supported and won’t get updates. Apple is moving to its Metal graphics API, and requires systems with graphics chips that are compatible with it.

Note that being stuck on Sierra or High Sierra isn't a death sentence for your Mac—the vast majority of apps will not require Mojave to run. But if you were hoping to upgrade your eight-year-old Mac Mini to the latest and greatest macOS, you'll be out of luck.

Supported Macs

  • MacBook (Early 2015 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2012 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac (Late 2012 or newer)
  • iMac Pro (2017)
  • Mac Pro (Late 2013, plus mid-2010 and mid-2012 models with recommended Metal-capable GPU)

Support dropped

  • MacBook (Late 2009 and Mid 2010)
  • MacBook Pro (Mid 2010 to Late 2011)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010 to Mid 2011)
  • Mac mini (Mid 2010 and Mid 2011)
  • iMac (Late 2009 to Late 2011)
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