Apple has once again delivered on providing another inevitable update to its OS as iOS 12 - great news for users, not so great for the developers may be. With a balanced approach towards features addition and performance upliftment, here are the top changes made in iOS12 which will soon come to your device
1. Memoji & New Emojis
The feature which will perhaps catch the greatest attention among users. In iOS 12, you’ll be able to create characters that have your own appearance, choosing skin color, hairstyle, and outfitting your Memoji with accessories. It’s like a cross between Bitmoji and Nintendo’s Mii characters. Samsung introduced something like this with the Galaxy S9 , but Apple seems to have put a lot of work into Memoji.
Also the roster of Animoji characters that first debuted with the iPhone X is expanding again with a ghost, koala, tiger, and tyrannosaurus rex. And starting with iOS 12, Animoji will be able to detect when you’re sticking out your tongue and mimic that.
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2. Group Facetime
iOS 12 will introduce group FaceTime sessions that can include up to a staggering 32 people, although not sure how useful that'll be given a limit on internet bandwidth. Group FaceTime will be supported across iOS and macOS. On top of this, you’ll be able to use Animoji and Memoji characters during calls in place of your face or avatar.
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3. Screen Time
Another very useful feature for those who want to use a phone or iPad less often than they do, as well as for those who want to prove the same to others. A new Screen Time feature in iOS 12 will detail how much time you’re spending on your device and using individual apps. It can break down app usage by category (games, social media, etc.) and track which apps are sending you the most notifications. Screen Time will provide a weekly summary of your usage habits.
4. Measure app
Probably an exciting feature for the geeks and nerds out there, as well as for those who need it for daily purposes. As the name suggests, the software allows you to accurately measure objects or walls around you. You see object through the camera, tap and drag out a line, and it measures it. Apple is now using it's own AR capabilities to provide default features in the OS itself. Catching up to the competition ? Google ?
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5. Grouped Notifications
No more long lists of notifications from the same app if you were away for a while. iOS 12 will now group them for you — not just by app but also by topic and thread. You’ll be able to tap in and look at a particular notification and then delete an entire thread with a single swipe.
You’ll also be able to tune your notifications and decide whether you want a particular app to send you ones in the future or if you want it to bypass the lock screen. Siri will even suggest which notifications you should turn off depending on the apps you don’t use often.
Might be a new added thing for developers though ! (Hybrid apps, are you ready ?)
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6. Performace Update
As per Apple, using iOS12 apps launch faster in day-to-day use. And when you're pushing your iOS device to the limit, multitasking between lots of apps, they launch up to 2x faster. Also the animations are smoother, keyboard opens 50% faster and camera swipe works 70% faster now.
7. Do Not Disturb Mode
A great feature for people who receive notifications throughout the night. With a new Do Not Disturb feature, you’ll no longer wake up to a ton of different notifications on your lock screen. By turning this feature on, all of your notifications will be hidden until you toggle Do Not Disturb off.
For those who find themselves using Do Not Disturb often, you’ll also be able to set an end time to automatically turn the feature off whether it’s when you leave a particular location or an event ends.
There are more new features like intelligent Photos app, new ARKit 2.0 and AR object sharing in iOS 12 . All in all, iOS 12 is a great mix of performance and feature updates. Users will be glad to have all the updates soon on their devices, given the new OS is free of bugs.