Last week, Apple announced 3 new iPhones – iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, and the iPhone XR. The new iPhones offer a few hardware improvements over last year’s models. In recent years, Apple has released the latest version of iOS (the operating system for iPhones) just before the new iPhones make it to stores. This year continues that trend as iOS 12 was released this past Monday. Here’s why iOS 12 might matter to you.

iOS 12’s Biggest Feature Is Performance

Apple focused on improving speed and performance in iOS 12. They particularly aimed to speed up older devices. According to Apple, an iPhone 6S will launch apps up to 40% more quickly than before. The camera opens up to 70% faster. Even the keyboard will appear on screen 50% faster.

We’ve tested the new OS on a few older devices ourselves and immediately noticed better performance. As usual, iOS 12 comes with a lot of other new features as well, but for the purposes of this discussion, we’re only focusing on performance.

What’s Wrong With The New iPhones?

We’re not saying there’s anything wrong with the new iPhones. Apple touts every new iPhone as the “best iPhone ever” and encourages users to upgrade their older iPhones. They’re not wrong. Every new iPhone is the best iPhone ever. Why wouldn’t it be? If you’re itching to get a new phone, any of the 3 new iPhones will serve you well.

Try iOS 12 First

If you’d like to save some money and the environment, older iPhones hold up better than they used to, especially with iOS 12. With the performance improvements added just from updating iOS, you could get more bang for your buck by holding onto your old phone for another year.

iOS 12 is compatible all the way back to the iPhone 5S. Don’t expect the update to work miracles though. If your phone predates the iPhone 6S, you probably should consider upgrading. For iPhone 6S or newer, download iOS 12 and try it out. It could breathe new life into your old phone and keep it going. You may decide you don’t need that upgrade just yet.

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