While we’re waiting for iOS 16 to launch later this year, there are older devices out there that can’t run newer versions of the mobile operating system. However, they still need some important security/software updates from time to time. Which is why Apple is releasing a brand new version of iOS 12.5 for the public.
Today, Apple has released iOS 12.5.6 to the public, which is specifically designed for older iPhone and iPad models out there in the wild that cannot be updated to iOS 13 (or even newer versions). The update itself is security-focused, and could be closely associated with the iOS 15.6.1 update the company released not too long ago.
If that is the case, then iOS 12.5.6 should be installed as promptly as possible for folks who do have older iOS/iPadOS devices. Unfortunately, Apple only states that “This update provides important security updates and is recommended for all users.” That’s not a lot to go on, of course, but considering how important the iOS 15.6.1 update was, it’s likely this one is just as important.
The update process is the same as usual: Open Settings –> General –> Software Update. After that, simply follow the instructions on the screen to get your new software downloaded and installed on your device(s).
The update is free and it’s available now.