iOS 12 is the newest operating system for Apple’s iPhones and iPads. It’s not a radical change from iOS 11, but it introduces a bunch of new features that could change the way you use your device.
You can download it now on most iPhones and iPads in Settings > General > Software Update.
Here are 15 of the biggest changes in iOS 12:
1. Older iPhones get a speed boost.
iOS 12 makes older phones, like the iPhone 6, much faster: Apple says it has 40% faster app launches, 50% faster keyboard display, and 70% faster camera opening.
2. You can turn your face into an animated cartoon called “Memoji.”
With iOS 12, Apple is bringing another exclusive feature to iPhone X owners: personalised animated emojis that Apple calls Memoji.
Like Apple’s Animoji, which were also exclusive to the iPhone X, the new Memoji allow you to design an animated emoji that you can control with your facial expressions, thanks to the iPhone X’s extra sensors.
3. Now, notifications from the same apps will be stacked on your lock screen.
Notifications are now grouped together by app and topic. Swiping will dismiss multiple notifications at the same time, and you can easily change your notification settings from the tray.
4. Siri is much smarter, and now you can customise it to do a series of actions when you ask it to do one thing, like: “Hey, Siri, get ready for bed.”
Apple calls the feature “Siri Shortcuts.”
5. For drivers with CarPlay, when you plug your iPhone into your car, now it can use Google Maps and Waze, in case you prefer those over Apple Maps.
While it didn’t before, CarPlay’s software now supports Google Maps and Waze.
6. A new feature called “Screen Time” has a suite of tools to help you use your phone responsibly and manage the time you spend on it.
Screen Time lets you set time limits for social-media apps, see a breakdown of how you’re spending your time on your phone, and schedule some screen downtime.
7. FaceTime will support group chats with up to 32 people.
That’s a lot of people, but Apple makes it easy to keep track of the conversation by enlarging the video tile of whoever is talking.
Apple says this feature is coming later this fall.
8. iOS 12 includes new Animoji options, including a tiger, a koala, a T-rex, and a ghost.
These are still exclusive to the iPhone X, as Animoji require Apple’s face-scanning tech.
9. The Messages app is becoming a lot more like Snapchat, with the ability to add filters, stickers, and other fun goodies to your iMessages and texts.
10. Goodbye iBooks, hello Apple Books. Apple’s reading platform has gotten a full refresh.
Your old purchases will still show up, but the app’s design got an overhaul.
11. “Do Not Disturb at Bedtime” shuts off most notifications at night so that when you check the time or pick up a call, you’re not bombarded with a series of emails and other things.
12. Apple’s Photos app is getting better, with search suggestions for people, places, and activities.
13. For iPhone X users, there’s now a shortcut to get your phone to try Face ID again if it failed the first time — just swipe down.
No more having to put your phone to sleep and waking it up again to get Face ID to fire its sensors again.
14. And closing an app is as easy as swiping up.
15. Finally, you can add a second faceprint to one phone, allowing two people to unlock it. This could be useful for your kids, or your partner.
This is somewhat of an unofficial hack, but you should try it if you want to add a second person to your iPhone X.
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