Apple Reveals iOS 12, Mojave, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 Ship Dates


(Adam Engst) #1

Originally published at: https://tidbits.com/2018/09/12/apple-reveals-ios-12-mojave-watchos-5-and-tvos-12-ship-dates/

If you’re jonesing for major operating system upgrades for your Apple devices, you don’t have long to wait. iOS 12, watchOS 5, and tvOS 12 ship on September 17th, with macOS 10.14 Mojave to follow a week later on September 24th. Read on for our advice on when to install.


(mpainesyd) #2

Thanks for the tips Adam. I won’t rush to install the updates.
Regarding Keyboard Maestro macros, I don’t have experience with these but with some previous OSX/macOS updates I have found that I needed to recompile some old Applescript apps to get them to work again. No script changes were needed - just opened them in Script Editor and saved them as apps again.


(blm) #3

Any thoughts on when new machines might ship with Mojave? I’m thinking
of getting a new iMac and it will become my main machine so I don’t want
it shipping with a .0 OS I can’t downgrade (basically for the reasons
not to upgrade covered in the article). I’m sure Apple’s not saying, but
historically how has it worked?

Thanks,
Brian


(gastropod) #4

Typically, hardware won’t run an OS older than what’s current when the hardware is released.

I got a new iMac just before WWDC in case they updated iMacs then as they sometimes do. I don’t want High Sierra for assorted reasons. There was no trouble installing Sierra on it, because that’s what was current when it first shipped over a year ago.

To avoid Mojave completely, you may as well buy what you want now in case they do an unannounced update for the model you want after the Mojave release. But there’s also the option of running older systems virtually (VMWare, Parallels) if you just need to keep a few less critical *older apps / workflows going. If you want to use virtualization, get at least 16GB RAM, otherwise things can bog down.


(Dana Schwartz) #5

Mojave support for previous iMacs is especially hard hit, removing 2009, 2010, and 2011 machines that run High Sierra with no problems. I don’t know if any other model has this many years dropped.


(Tommy Weir) #6

Thanks for the flag re Mojave. I usually try to hold off until .1 release, I wait until I know that key apps work usually. Certainly any issue with KM would be a problem for me.

We’ve run the tvOS beta all summer. No issues. Not that big an update really.
The iOS beta has been painless too.


(Dennis Swaney) #7

So, if I can’t update the OS on my Watch any more, will it still work with my iPhone 10 if I update it to iOS 12?


(Doug Miller) #8

Yes. watchOS 4 will work fine on iOS 12.


(Dennis Swaney) #9

Thanks, Doug. Somehow I got the impression that with iOS 12 only watchOS 5 would be supported. I wonder how far back the watchOS versions will work with iOS 12?


(Doug Miller) #10

It’s true that watchOS 5 will require iOS 12, as watchOS 4 required iOS 11. If you follow these things, you see people who jailbreak iPhones complain about this, especially if they (say) buy a new Series 4 watch while intending to stay on iOS 11 to remain jailbroken. But so far Apple hasn’t refused to support an older watchOS on a newer version of iOS

And I should correct myself to say that, this far, on the iOS 12 beta, watchOS 4 continues to work fine. We’ll see in a few hours if that remains the case with the shipping version.

So far I have not seen any reports of people still using watchOS 3 or earlier using the watch with iOS 12 on the beta, but frankly most people who are willing to install the iOS beta are likely to have remained on as high a watchOS version as possible, so perhaps that’s not surprising.


(Dennis Swaney) #11

That is good to hear. While cell phones are more of a “consumable” item, watches (especially high end ones like Watch, Rolex, Omega, etc.) are long-term investment type items.


(Paul Schinder) #12

That’s very debatable when it comes to the Apple Watch. I have a AW3 LTE which I don’t plan on replacing with the 4. But it’s an appendage of my iPhone (going to XS shortly) with a non-replacable rechargeable battery which will be starting to degrade in another year. It’s not an “investment”, it’s a tool that will need to be replaced regularly. If it wasn’t available, I probably wouldn’t be wearing a watch at all.


(Adam Engst) #13

I doubt most people see an Apple Watch as a long-term investment—it’s painfully obvious that it’s going to be obsolete in 3–5 years. It’s clearly technology, not something that could possibly be working in a decade. I’m also on my third Garmin Forerunner watch in the last decade.


(Simon) #14

I think that might be clear now, but possibly not so much when Apple launched the line, sold $15,000 luxury watches and fancied comparing themselves with high-end Swiss watchmakers. The early customers who actually bought into all of that (probably not many, but definitely a few) when it originally came out are—assuming they agree with your assessment—probably feeling rather burned right now.


(Adam Engst) #15

If you were completely in the watch world and knew nothing about technology (which seems like a stretch; my understanding is that watch people are very into the tech in their watches), you could have thought that an Apple Watch was in the same field as massively expensive Swiss watches. And the price point of the Apple Watch Edition certainly encouraged that. But it’s not like all the early coverage, including ours, didn’t talk about the possibility that it would quickly become obsolete.


#16

If you were completely in the watch world and knew nothing about technology (which seems like a stretch; my understanding is that watch people are very into the tech in their watches),

Though it’s been quite a few years, I did work with the watch and jewelry industry in advertising sales. Whether or not the powers that be were into technology or not, they totally ignored all indications there could be a market for smart watches, from the highest or lowest end. And there were a lot, including years of rumors about Apple developing a Watch, and was that there was confirmation about this from Steve Jobs while he was still alive.

And the Swiss watch industry is getting creamed:

https://www.businessinsider.com/apple-outsold-the-entire-swiss-watch-industry-in-2017-2018-2

https://www.forbes.com/sites/arieladams/2018/03/02/the-swiss-luxury-watch-industry-is-dismantling-business-ops-in-america-its-most-important-market/#290b715969f3

https://techcrunch.com/2017/09/13/its-not-hard-to-beat-rolex/

Though Apple, at least for the time being, is by far outselling Android watches. But the fact that Google is in the market isn’t helping the Swiss watch industry. And they don’t even discuss that the majority of patents for, and the manufacture of, quartz watch movements are a very significant part of the Swiss watch industry’s profits.

you could have thought that an Apple Watch was in the same field as massively expensive Swiss watches. And the price point of the Apple Watch Edition certainly encouraged that.

One of the many things they ignored about smart watches is built in obsolescence, and that people who wanted features only available in smart watches will upgrade with at least some regularity. And the better the technology gets, more and more people will want watches that don’t just tell time.

But it’s not like all the early coverage, including ours, didn’t talk about the possibility that it would quickly become obsolete.

Don’t sell yourselves short. AR/VR glasses could make smartwatches obsolete, though I wouldn’t bet that it will happen very soon. I think it’s one of the reasons why Apple is very aggressive in this space, and they were also well aware that iPhone would destroy iPad.


(Adam Engst) #17

Indeed, although this article says quite bluntly that it has nothing to do with smartwatches. The author writes:

With that said, I have written extensively that the pains of the luxury Swiss watch industry are not due to the market presence of smartwatches. But rather, the luxury watch industry has been experiencing deep systemic business structure and strategy problems for up to 15 years. Never having updated their distribution schemes to fully take into consideration globalization and the internet, and hungrily injecting large (and often unsold) volumes of ritzy timepieces to developing markets within mostly the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, and China) have in large part been more direct factors that contributed to the current depressed state of the watch industry.

and

While smartwatches are certainly taking a bite out of traditional watches retailing for a few hundred dollars or less, there hasn’t been much evidence to suggest that several thousand dollar-plus luxury watch sales are at all affected by smartwatches.

Frankly, being a tech guy, I’ve never much understood the luxury fashion world, and as much as it sounds like Apple didn’t either, lots of other companies are getting it wrong there too.

And wow, did I convolute some sentences below—I meant that we (and lots of other sites) did explicitly talk about how the initial Apple Watch would become obsolete.

Yep, I agree with you that glasses are the future, but it could be quite a while before they go mainstream.


(Simon) #18

iOS 12 apparently requires TouchID (or I assume FaceID if you have it) when auto-filling Safari passwords. Is there any way to turn that off?


(Doug Miller) #19

I’m not sure about TouchID, but for FaceID at least there is a discrete setting in Settings / FaceID & Passcode to require FaceID for password auto fill in the top section. I assume that the same setting might be there for TouchID?

(I just checked on my TouchID iPad Mini. There is.)

Turn that off and you should be able to just tap the auto fill suggestion in the keyboard and go.


(Simon) #20

Thanks, Doug! That did the trick. Must be a new setting. Never saw that before.