After months of beta testing, the final version of iOS 12 is officially here and available for download. The iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models are compatible with iOS 12 to grab the latest and greatest features Apple has to offer.
Before we go ahead with the new features of iOS 12, here’s the full list of devices that are compatible with iOS 12;
- iPhone XS
- iPhone XS Max
- iPhone XR
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s
- iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 5s
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro 2nd generation
- 12.9-inch iPad Pro 1st generation
- 10.5-inch iPad Pro
- 9.7-inch iPad Pro
- iPad Air 2
- iPad Air
- iPad 5th generation
- iPad mini 4
- iPad mini 3
- iPad mini 2
- iPod touch 6th generation
Performance And Battery Life
Apple has worked to make iOS feel faster than ever — more specifically on older iPhones and iPads. Apple has been testing iOS 12 on iPhone 6 Plus has apparently noticed a 40 percent faster app launches, the system keyboard comes up 50 percent faster, and opening the camera is 70 percent faster.
Apple has been speeding up things, not just that, the Cupertino company is also focused on times when devices are under heavy load; iPhones and iPads will now be better than ever at delivering optimal performance while also prolonging battery life.
Google introduced a healthier balance between gadgets and life by showing the time a user spends on the device or using individual apps, well, Apple has pretty much copied the pattern and now shows the same. iOS 12 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. Not just that, you will be able to set time limits for each app. A “time’s up” message will display when the counter runs out. If you want to continue using that application, you can simply request more time. To access Screen Time in iOS 12, go to Settings > Screen Time and you can check out all these new features.
Notification tray has been the most messed part on this iPhone, well not anymore. Apple has fixed its messy notification with grouped notifications. So, now you will be able to interact with or dismiss multiple notifications from the same app at once.
Furthermore, Apple is also giving users more authority over which apps are allowed to send notifications that vibrate their phone. The “Quiet” notifications will show up in Notification Center, but not on your lock screen and also won’t make sounds or interrupt you in any way.
Siri Opens To More Apps
Apple claimed that Siri, its digital assistant will now allow developers more integration with iOS 12. So, now third-party apps can build shortcuts to allow Siri to carry out popular quick actions. For example, you can create a shortcut so when you say “I lost my keys” it’ll open the Tile app and help you locate a specific Tile tracker that’s attached to your keys.
Apple’s video chat will soon be able to host more than one-on-one conversations. iOS introduces group FaceTime that can include up to a staggering 32 people. The Group FaceTime will be supported across iOS and macOS.
So, when multiple people are on a call, their video windows will get larger when they’re speaking and shrink when they’re not. And for conversations where your face feels a little boring, you’ll be able to use Animoji and Memoji characters during calls.
Better Augmented Reality Experience
Apple has been working with Pixar on a new file format specifically designed for augmented reality applications, it is called USDZ. Well, a number of companies including Adobe, Autodesk, and Sketchfab have already announced that they’ll be integrating and building apps around USDZ.
Furthermore, iOS 12’s more powerful augmented reality is being put to use right away in a new Apple app called Measure (a software that allows you to accurately measure objects or walls). Not just that, the company is updating its ARKit framework and giving developers the ability to create shared experiences.
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