Apple announced the new iOS 12 at its annual WWDC event. The new update will be available this fall and it will be available to all devices which currently have iOS11. This means the iPhone 5s and later will be getting the update. Same goes for any iPad released since 2013.
Apple has focused big time on performance and that’s the first major improvement. The iOS 12 is now much faster than its predecessor with 40% faster app launch, 70% faster camera, 50% faster keyboard, and huge optimizations under heavy load thanks to clever CPU boosts.
Next, iOS 12 introduces new AR Kit 2 and a brand-new file format for 3D graphics – USDZ. It’s an open source format and all native iOS apps will support reading USDZ files. Adobe will also add native USDZ support for Creative Cloud suite.
The new AR Kit focuses on shared experiences, where multiple people could be sharing the same virtual environment. Creating content, playing games, or just sharing your creations – it should be very easy to share those experiences with friends. LEGO, among other companies, are on board to create apps that share the same AR environments.
The Photos app gets an extra For You tab. There you’ll find automatically generated albums, suggestions for effects, even sharing suggestions – such as sharing your dinner photos with people you’ve been together with and then it will suggest sharing their photos on their phones with you and the rest.
Siri is getting a new feature, too. It’s shortcuts. You can create shortcuts for actions Siri could do – like finding your keys, ordering coffee, reserving tables, reminders. There is a new Shortcuts app to help you create all shortcuts involving various apps.
Siri Suggestions then uses those shortcuts to, well, suggest you something you might have forgotten. Like ordering your morning coffee, in case you didn’t do that on Monday morning. Or suggest sending a message that you’ll be late for your meeting with someone. Things like that.
Voice memos is coming on iPad, too. There will be iCloud support, as well.
Car Play gets support for third-party navigation apps, so if you don’t like Apple Maps – you can now change it.
Notifications – you can turn on or off notifications from app straight from the lockscreen.
Also, iOS 12 now groups notifications by app and topics.
The new iOS will also get you complete weekly reports of how you use your device, what sends you notifications, what time you spent on different apps, among other thorough statistics. You can limit your app usage, say Facebook, by setting a time limit and iOS will stop you after the time is up.
The app control goes even deeper with Allowances and downtime. You can limit the usage of your kids iDevices – set time limits on app, downtime on specific hours (bedtime), or always allow some apps.
Memojis is the next update for the Animojis – that’s an Animoji designed after you. It’s like an RPG character creation – you have a ton of options for everything – hair, face, freckles, eyes, sunglasses, ears, you name it.
Replacing yourself with an Animoji/Memoji is now a thing, too.
iOS 12 will support on following devices :