If you follow Apple, or if you recently upgraded your iPhone or iPad, you now know that iOS 12 has arrived. First being released to the public on September 17th, 2018, iOS 12 has now been through five updates, with the latest coming on January 22nd, 2019. iOS 12 is compatible with Apple devices dating back all the way to the iPhone 5s and the iPad Air. The new operating system has brought many new exciting features, but it has not been without some technical hiccups. Let’s learn more about iOS 12’s features, bugs and what to expect looking forward.
New Features for iOS 12
There are many new features to sink your teeth into with the iOS 12. Let’s start with performance. When you think of iOS 12, think of speed. iOS 12 is the fastest and most responsive operating system yet. It boosts smother animations, allowing for a more fluid and responsive feel when performing actions such as swiping. The iOS 12 allows quick access to the things you want most. With up to 40% faster app launch, up to 50% faster keyboard display, up to 70% faster swipe to the camera, and up to 2x Faster Share sheet display under load, the iOS 12 brings you all your favorite features at a quicker pace.
FaceTime & Memoji
iOS 12 brings many new ways to communicate with friends and loved ones. New Group FaceTime allows up to 32 participants at once. It may sound chaotic, but with the new Focus View, the speaker will automatically be front and center allowing for organized discussion amongst many.
New features have also been added to messages. Memoji Maker is a new tool for selecting and adjusting nearly endless options to make your Memoji. There are new Animoji options available such as a T. rex, ghost, koala, and tiger. iOS 12 is equipped with Improved face tracking features that will add to the versatility of your Animojis, with the new tracking now being able to recognize sticking out your tongue and winking. Users can now also record longer Animojis, with clips now lasting up to 30 seconds. All of these features and more add more fun ways to communicate with others.
iOS 12 has also made great strides to attempt to limit screen time use for those who wish to spend less time on their devices. Users can receive weekly reports or check daily to see how much time they are spending on their apps. People may also set app limits that grant only a finite amount of time that can be spent on an app daily. There is also a Downtime feature that allows users to set a specific time, such as bedtime, when certain apps are off limits.
The Augmented Reality (AR) features on the iOS 12 are more robust than ever. The new ARKit 2 recognizes 3D objects and how your device is oriented to them and can utilize this information to incorporate objects into AR experiences. The AR app, Measure App is now available, as well. Draw straight lines to measure objects and surfaces both vertically and horizontally using your iPhone or iPad camera, and automatically detect dimensions of rectangular objects.
And Many More...
These are just a few of the new features of iOS 12, with too many new features to name in one post. If you wish to learn more about the full capabilities of the iOS 12, check out the full list of features here.
A Few Kinks
Just like any new release, there are a few bugs that consumers should be on the lookout for. One bug that has been plaguing current customers is a problem with cellular data. This started with version 12.1.1, but it still presents during their latest iteration 12.1.3. There have also been problems with persistent notifications and issues with Wifi.
Group FaceTime Flaw
There has been a significant bug with the new Group FaceTime feature. It has been discovered, through a flaw, while in group call you can connect to another user’s phone without them accepting the call. This essentially allows people to hear and see through another person’s phone without them granting permission. The bug has been covered extensively through the news, and Apple has released a statement that they fixed the issue, and a new update will allow Group FaceTime to be re-enabled next week.
iOS 12: The New OS to Beat
Although maybe not as smooth launch as Apple had hoped, iOS 12 is still promising. Once the bugs are fixed (expected to be dealt with quickly) there are many new exciting features that users should be rejoicing over. To learn more, check out these secret tips and tricks of iOS 12 to become more proficient with your iPhone or iPad, and further discover why iOS 12 is the new operating system to beat.