Apple on Monday unveiled all new features for iPhones and iPads at its developer conference in San Francisco, including increased speed for even older devices, improved privacy and a host of new features.
The look of iOS 12 will be very familiar, with the company focusing on improving the experience and the underlying software rather than just splashing a new lick of paint.
What will it work on?
The new iOS 12 will now be available for any device running iOS 11, which means any Apple smartphone from iPhone 5S or newer, and any iPad from iPad mini 2 and iPad Air or higher recent, as well as the sixth generation iPod touch.
When can I get it?
The developer version is available now, but the first public beta is expected later in June, for those who want to test it as soon as possible.
A final version will be available in September for everyone.
Apple promised that iPhone users would see massive speed improvements across the board, including smartphones as old as the 2013 iPhone 5S.
Apps will launch up to twice as fast as before, the camera should load 70% faster, as will the home screen once the phone is unlocked, while even the keypad should appear in half the time. Apple said it improved performance on iOS, so everything should be at least a little faster day-to-day, even on older devices.
Few of the previous updates, iOS 12 seems to speed up your iPhone rather than slowing it down.
Notifications on iOS have lagged behind the competition for a while, but Apple is now starting to tackle the overloaded lock screen. Notifications can now be grouped rather than users having to manage 10 separate notifications for each app, while others can be forced to be delivered without sounding or vibrating in the notification center but not on the screen. lock – useful for lower priority applications and services.
Following Google’s lead, Apple is also working to help people reduce their dependence on their phones. New tools include Screen Time, which generates weekly activity reports showing app usage, the number of notifications you receive, and how often you pick up and use your phone. You can set app limits, which are basically timers for using the app.
The new Do Not Disturb at Bedtime is designed to take the clutter out of your notifications by hiding them until prompted in the morning so you can relax at night without worrying about what’s going on. past.
Part of the phone addiction tools are new parental controls to perform the same monitoring and limiting of app use on children’s iPhones. Parents can view their child’s activity report on their own iOS devices, as well as set and manage app limits for them.
Using a new feature called Downtime, parents can also set up times when app notifications will not show on the child’s phone and block the use of certain apps.
The features work on all of a child’s iOS devices, so a rule can be set for iPhones and iPads if they have one.
More animated emoji
iOS 12 adds new Animoji to the list available on the iPhone X, including a ghost, koala, tiger, and T-rex. Users can now also generate custom emoji, similar to Samsung’s AR emoji called Memoji, which they can make look like themselves.
All animoji can now also recognize when your tongue sticks out. Great.
Privacy and Security
Apple is trying to improve the privacy and security of user data on iPhone with several additions to iOS 12. Safari will now prevent Like and Share buttons on Facebook, other social widgets, and advertisers from following you without authorization.
The company is also introducing a new USB timeout feature which is currently available in beta with iOS 11.4.1. It’s designed to help protect user data from thieves or law enforcement when they grab your device. It will limit what can be done through the Lightning port after an hour of inactivity on the phone to prevent iPhones from unlocking by connecting them to a computer or hacking box.
Apple is catching up with Google’s Photos app, with its own built-in Photos app on iOS 12. In the new “For you” tab, Photos will now offer to share photos with the people it takes so that Group photos of events are easy to collect among iPhone users.
Apple said it has also improved the search in photos with suggestions to help users find snapshots of recent events, people and places.
Apple’s Siri is still catching up with Google’s Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa. One of the new features is custom commands called Siri Shortcuts, which allow users to say a certain phrase and perform a certain function, such as launching an app or function.
Google Assistant has been offering similar functionality for some time, but the shortcuts are more like Apple’s version of the popular If This Then That (IFTTT) automation system.
Google Maps on Apple Car Play
Apple’s in-car connectivity system, Car Play, has so far been limited to Apple Maps for navigation functions. Starting with iOS 12, Apple is opening the door to third-party navigation apps, which will be a very welcome change for Google Maps users.
Automatic two-factor SMS code copy
Two-factor or one-time passcode text messages are a nasty side effect of our improved security regimes and can be a constant thorn in our sides. With iOS 12, you won’t need to switch to Messages to copy or remember the code to paste into the app or website that requires it – the two-factor code should just show up as an autofill option one. once the text message arrived so that you can tap and paste it directly.
Gestures on iPad
The way you use an iPad has already changed with iOS 11, with the addition of a slew of new multitasking and swiping gestures, and iOS 12 brings them closer to those used on the iPhone X. Swipe down from the right corner to access the Control Center or the bottom left for notifications. Swiping up from the bottom of the screen reveals the dock, from which a further swipe will go to the home screen, removing the need for a home button.