IOS is the simplest operating system in terms of interacting with an inexperienced user, and this is one of the main reasons for the popularity of the iPhone and iPad among absolutely all categories of the population. Almost any user can solve the problems encountered in the iOS software environment and even independently reinstall the OS.
What is iOS and what types of updates are there
So, iOS is a software shell that manages the hardware modules of an iPhone or iPad. The main advantage of this operating system is that it is released by the company-manufacturer of mobile gadgets. Apple. In addition, third-party application developers also focus on a rather narrow range of devices, which means the almost complete absence of any problems with compatibility, software version selection and installation.
Another important nuance is that Apple distributes its operating systems for free, without any hidden conditions (necessary subscriptions to products or services, availability of paid previous versions, etc.). That is, you can download the latest firmware version for your device from the official website, without risk of installing a pirated copy with malware.
Apple releases 3 types of iOS updates:
1. Official (final).
2. Beta versions for registered developers.
3. Beta versions for regular users registered in the Public Beta Program.
In more detail about all types of iOS updates we talked about here.
How to find out which version of iOS is currently installed on iPhone or iPad
To find out which system controls the device at the moment, go to the menu “Settings → The main → About this device » and pay attention to the line “Version”.
To check for iOS updates for this device, you should return to the previous menu “Settings → Basic , select “Software Update” and wait for the data to load.
The reasons why updates may not appear on your iOS device are described in this article.
How to install new (latest) iOS on your iPhone or iPad
The easiest way to flash the iPhone is “over the air.” To do this, just go to the section “Settings → The main → Software Update”, press the buttonDownload and Install ». In this case, all available data will be saved on the device. It is important to remember that the installation of iOS “over the air” in no case should be carried out if there is a jailbreak on the device.
To completely reinstall iOS via iTunes, you will need to perform a slightly more complex aLGorithm of actions, which is described in detail in this material. In this case, you will need the current version of iOS for a specific iPhone or iPad.
Where to download the latest iOS firmware files for any iPhone or iPad
Apple does not allow installing outdated versions of the operating system on its mobile devices (i.E., rolling back or downgrading the iOS version), so only the latest firmware will be available for each gadget.
- For iPhone 2G, the latest firmware to install is iOS 3.1.3;
- IPhone 3G. IOS 4.2.1;
- IPhone 3Gs. IOS 6.1.6;
- IPhone 4. IOS 7.1.2;
- IPhone 4s. IOS 9.3.5;
- IPhone 5, iPhone 5c. IOS 10.3.3;
- IPhone 5s. IOS 12.2;
- IPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus. IOS 12.2;
- IPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus. IOS 12.2;
- IPhone SE. IOS 12.2;
- IPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus. IOS 12.2;
- IPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus. IOS 12.2;
- IPhone X. IOS 12.2;
- IPhone XR. IOS 12.2;
- IPhone XS. IOS 12.2;
- IPhone XS Max. IOS 12.2;
- IPod Touch 2G. IOS 4.2.1;
- IPod Touch 3G. IOS 5.1.1;
- IPod Touch 4G. IOS 6.1.6;
- IPod Touch 5G. IOS 9.3.5;
- IPod Touch 6G. IOS 12.2;
- IPad 1. IOS 5.1.1;
- IPad 2. IOS 9.3.5;
- IPad 3. IOS 9.3.5;
- IPad 4. IOS 10.3.3;
- IPad mini 1. IOS 9.3.5;
- IPad mini 2. IOS 12.2;
- IPad mini 3. IOS 12.2;
- IPad mini 4. IOS 12.2;
- IPad Air 1. IOS 12.2;
- IPad Air 2. IOS 12.2;
- IPad Air 2. IOS 12.2;
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro. IOS 12.2;
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro. IOS 12.2;
- 11-inch iPad Pro. IOS 12.2;
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro. IOS 12.2;
- IPad 2017. IOS 12.2;
- IPad 2017. IOS 12.2.
All the necessary IPSW files for installing iOS can be downloaded from the official Apple website using the links located here.