he latest version of the software that powers the iPhone will hit the compatible devices today that is September 17. It’s iOS 12 we are talking about. Apple took the wraps off iOS 12 at WWDC 2018. Augmented Reality, Shortcuts and ARKit 2 are some of the mention-worthy features of iOS 12.
Apart from adding new features to iPhones and iPads, Apple is also expected to improve the performance of its phones with the new iOS 12. Apple claims that apps will open twice as fast as before and the camera will open from the locked screen around 70 per cent faster.
iOS 12 best 5 new features
— Siri shortcuts: Apple is giving some more powers to Siri with the Siri Shortcuts. It will allow Siri to access apps and get work done from them. You will be able to add personal search queries within apps with an “Add to Siri” option. Basically, you can now integrate Siri with every app and perform the task by simply giving the command to Siri.
— Group Facetime: Apple has introduced Group Facetime with iOS 12. As the name suggests, it will allow you to connect with up to 32 people simultaneously. The photos of the group members will be shown in a dynamic way. The one who is talking will be shown in a bigger box whereas the silent ones will be detected by the app and given a comparatively smaller space.
— Screen time: Apple has introduced Screen time feature in iOS 12 which will tell you about your phone’s usage. Much like the Google Digital Wellbeing, Apple’s Screen time feature will report what all apps you used and how much time you spent on your iOS device. You can also set alerts for your phone usage or create downtime for a period which will block all unimportant apps.
— Memojis: The Memoji feature will let you create your own avatar and even customise it.
— Measure tool: Apple has announced the Measure AR tool in iOS 12 which will help you measure a real object using your phone’s camera. Simply tap on the object and start dragging the line to measure it in real-time. Overall, iOS 12 puts a lot of emphasis on augmented reality.
iOS 12 compatible devices
There is a long list of devices compatible with iOS 12. But, in a nutshell, it will support all iOS devices launched since 2013. The new 2018 iPhones are also included in the list.
The iPhones that will run the iOS 12 are: iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE and iPhone 5s.
The iPads that support iOS 12 are: iPad, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Air, iPad Mini 4 and iPad Mini 3.
How to update your iOS device to iOS 12
iOS 12 will be available for download tonight on all compatible devices. It is important to back up all your data before downloading the OS.
To download the OTA update, go to Settings>General>Software update. If the new OS has reached your device, you will be able to download it from here and install. Note that you should be on WiFi and your device should be charged more than 50 per cent to receive the update.
You can also get iOS 12 via iTunes. Just plug in your iOS device into Mac or Windows devices and run iTunes. Click on the iPhone, iPad symbol and click on the check for software. Download and install the update.
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