After originally being unveiled back in June at WWDC, iOS 12 can now be downloaded to any compatible iPhone or iPad.
How to Update
There are two different ways to update. First, you can download over-the-air on your iOS device by going to General > Settings > Software Update. You can also update through iTunes.
The update is compatible with the following devices:
- iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xs, 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
- iPad Pro 12.9-inch (1st and 2nd generation), iPad Pro 10.5-inch, iPad Pro 9.7-inch, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad 6th generation, iPad 5th generation, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 2
- iPod touch 6th generation
Here are some of the highlights of the new software.
One of the biggest focuses of the new software is performance.
Compatible with all devices capable of using iOS 11, Apple has particularly focused on making apps and other parts of the software faster.
With iOS 12, the Camera can launch up to 70 percent faster while the keyboard will appear up to 50 percent faster with more responsive typing. Apps can also launch up to 50 percent faster.
Siri and Shortcuts
A big new addition to Siri in iOS 12 is Shortcuts along with a new app.
As you could probably guess by the name, it allows users to group a number of actions from apps into a single command. Using the Shortcuts app, you can further customize shortcuts and create a specific name.
Users can activate a Shortcut through Siri or the app.
Screen Time, Do Not Disturb, and More
Apple is offering a number of different ways for users to manage and better understand their time on iOS devices.
Screen Time will allow users to view detailed daily and weekly Activity Reports that shows how much time is spent on apps, usage across categories of apps, how many notifications were received, and how many times an iPhone or iPad was picked up.
You can also limit the amount of time spent on apps. A notification will let you know when a time limit is close to expiration. Parents can also view an Activity Report for their children.
Do Not Disturb is improving and can end at a specific time, location, or action. The bedtime Do Not Disturb will dim the display and hide all notifications on the lock screen until a prompt in the morning.
Notifications can now also be grouped and managed by app.
Memoji and Animoji
And the popular Animoji are getting even better. Along with adding ghost, koala, tiger, and T. rex to the lineup, get ready for Memoji. Those are customized characters based on you with tons of other options to add. Both Animoji and Memoji can detect winks and your tongue.
Those will be available on the iPhone X and the upcoming iPhone Xs, iPhone Xs Max, and iPhone Xr.
AR technology is taking a big step in iOS 12. ARKit 2 will allow apps to design shared experiences for more than one users along with object detection and image tracking.
Augmented reality objects can also be sent with Messages and Mail and then viewed on other iOS devices in a real-world setting.
One part of that iOS is a new measure app that will use AR to determine the size of objects. Basically, it’s a digital tape measure on an iPhone or iPad.
Even More Improvements
- Users in the United States who call 911 will automatically share their location data with first responders. The data can’t be used for any other purpose.
- CarPlay will support third-party navigation apps like Waze and Google Maps.
- Safari will disable Share buttons and comments widgets on sites from tracking you without permission.
- The Voice Memos and Stocks app are now available on iPad.
- Battery usage stats are now available for the last 24 hours or 10 days.
- iBooks has now be renamed Apple Books and is sporting a redesigned app.
- Photos features a new For You Tab that combines Memories and iCloud Shared Albums. It also offers new sharing and search suggestions.