Apple iOS 12: biggest new features coming to the iPhone and iPad

Apple unveiled iOS at WWDC 2018. The software will be part of 2018’s new line-up, and also update current iPhones and iPads, going back to iPhone 6S. iOS 12 aims at doubling performance. It will make apps launch up to 40 percent faster, and you can slide to take a photo 70 percent faster than with iOS 11. PEAKLIFE gives you a look at all the new updates.

iOS 12 cements Apple as a leader in augmented reality (AR) with the arrival of groundbreaking multiplayer capabilities it calls shared experiences in ARKit 2.User interface and core app updates give us grouped notifications and also group FaceTime. And, of course, Siri will be smarter in 2018, as it is every year, this time thanks to Siri Shortcuts.

It’s not the biggest software update, but it’s obvious that Apple is tightening its mobile operating system to make it both reliable and also competitive with Google’s Android P. Here’s everything we know about iOS 12 now that it’s officially confirmed

1. Screen Time

screentimeLike Google, Apple is trying to help users strike a better, healthier balance between gadgets and life. A new Screen Time feature in iOS 12 will detail how much time you’re spending on your device and using individual apps. It can break down app usage by category (games, social media, etc.) and track which apps are sending you the most notifications. Screen Time will provide a weekly summary of your usage habits.






2. Grouped Notifications

Fix its messy notifications situation: iOS 12 will support grouped notifications, so you’ll be able to interact with or dismiss multiple notifications from the same app at once.

3. New Animoji With Tongue Detection

The roster of Animoji characters that first debuted with the iPhone X is expanding again with a ghost, koala, tiger, and tyrannosaurus rex. And starting with iOS 12, Animoji will be able to detect when you’re sticking out your tongue and mimic that.

4. Memoji: Custom Emoji That Look Like You


But the bigger advancement around personalized avatars is what Apple calls Memoji. In iOS 12, you’ll be able to create characters that have your own appearance, choosing skin color, hairstyle, and outfitting your Memoji with accessories.





5. Group Facetime

Apple’s video chat app will soon be capable of hosting more than one-on-one conversations. iOS 12 will introduce group FaceTime sessions that can include up to a staggering 32 people. Group FaceTime will be supported across iOS and macOS. When multiple people are on a call, their video windows will get larger when they’re speaking and shrink when they’re not.

6. Better Augmented Reality Experiences

Apple has been working with Pixar on a new file format specifically designed for augmented reality applications. It’s called USDZ, and Federighi likened it to “something like AR Quick Look.” A number of companies including Adobe, Autodesk, and Sketchfab have already announced that they’ll be integrating and building apps around USDZ.

7. Measure App

iOS 12’s more powerful augmented reality is being put to use right away in a new Apple app called Measure. As the name suggests, the software allows you to accurately measure objects or walls around you. You put the object in the camera frame, tap and drag out a line, and it measures it.

8. ARKIT 2

Apple is trying to own the conversation around augmented reality and establish iOS as the platform that’s leading breakthroughs for the unique, mixed world experiences that AR makes possible.

9. Search Your Photos

The Photos app in iOS 12 will automatically offer up search suggestions. And a new “For You” tab will suggest filters and effects that you might want to apply to images you’ve taken. Photos will also now make sharing suggestions.







10. Siri Opens To More Apps

Apple claims Siri is the most popular digital assistant in the world, and to help bolster that lead, it’s allowing developers more integration with iOS 12. Third-party apps can build shortcuts to allow Siri to carry out popular quick actions.

11. Shortcuts App

In what might be a dream for power users, Apple is introducing a new Shortcuts app that lets users string together multiple actions that can be triggered by a single, custom Siri request. This, again, is something similar to what Google and Amazon are already doing with their respective digital assistants. But a dedicated Shortcuts application will help get users trying out this new functionality as soon as iOS 12 ships.






12. Carplay Is Getting Google Maps And Waze

Apple announced that its in-car platform CarPlay will add support for two of the most popular turn-by-turn navigation apps — Google Maps and Waze — after the launch of iOS 12.

13. A Completely Rebuilt Stocks App

For the first time in years, Apple is putting real work into the iPhone’s built-in Stocks app. It’s coming to iPad, will support after-hours stock prices, and will now include content from Apple News that might be relevant to your current investments or influencing the market.

14. Voice Memos Is Coming to the iPad And Adding iCloud Syncing

Apple announced that the Voice Memos app has similarly been redesigned and will come to the iPad with the release of iOS 12. And helpfully, your recordings will now be available across devices thanks to iCloud syncing.


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