iOS 12 beta was released some months back. Now, the full public release of iOS12 is here and it comes with a host of performance improvements and fun features, including a new iOS 12 wallpaper.
The big thing that everyone will enjoy regardless of their specific needs is the big performance improvements that Apple says iOS12 delivers across board. The company says that the camera launches up to 70% faster than on the previous version of iOS, the keyboard pops up to 50% faster and typing is smoother as well.
Apple says that apps can even launch up to twice as fast, depending on your usage scenario. The jury is out on all of these, of course, and we will have to wait for user reviews to see whether or not iOS12 lives up to these promises.
Performance improvement aside, some of the new features include new Augmented Reality (AR) experiences, Memoji, Siri Shortcuts, Apple Books, screen time management tools, and Voice Memos on iPad, among others. We look at them in greater detail below.
iOS 12 features
Here are some of the new major features of iOS 12.
Augmented Reality. Shared AR experiences, persistent AR and more dynamic object detection and image tracking.
Animoji, Filters, Text and Stickers in Messages and FaceTime.
Following in the footsteps of Android Pie’s Digital WellBeing apps, Apple has added a suite of features that help you manage notifications and the time you spend on your phone. These include: Screen Time, Do Not Disturb and Notifications.
Siri Shortcuts allow any app to now work with Siri. There is also the ability to use your voice to run any Shortcut. That sounds like it is going to be tons of fun.
Apple Books is a new app that helps you discover books and audiobooks easily. You will be able to browse and search for titles, as well as organise your collection.
Voice Memos is now available on iPad. It also supports iCloud sync.
Siri can now translate more than 40 language pairs and brings more knowledge of sports, celebrities, food and nutrition. Siri can also surface favorite photos by person, place, event, time and topic, and more.
With CarPlay, you can enjoy greater support for third-party navigation apps while driving. The information is displayed right on the dashboard of your vehicle.
Students will love iOS 12, as Wallet for iPhone and Apple Watch now supports their ID cards.
Location data for 911 in the United States is automatically and securely shared with first responders, providing faster and more accurate information to help reduce emergency response times.
iOS 12 wallpaper
What fun is a new software version without a new wallpaper to go with it? And so, iOS12 comes with a new wallpaper that will interest you. You can download it below:
iOS 12 Supported Devices
iOS12 is compatible with all iPhones all the way back to the iPhone 5s. Here is a list of all iOS 12 supported devices:
- iPhone Xs Max (iOS12 is pre-installed)
- iPhone Xs (iOS12 is pre-installed)
- iPhone Xr (iOS12 is pre-installed)
- iPhone X
- iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone 8
- iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 7
- iPhone 6S
- iPhone 6S Plus
- iPhone 6
- iPhone 6 Plus
- iPhone SE
- iPhone 5S
- all iPad Air models
- all iPad Pro models
- iPad 5th generation
- iPad 6th generation
- iPad mini 2 and later
- iPod touch 6th generation
That is a list of no less than 20 devices that support the new version of iOS. Impressive. Apple has always been ahead of the curve with respect to delivering software updates to older devices. They have delivered once again.
iOS 12 download
To download and update your device with iOS12, go into your phone settings to initiate it as a software update.
Along with the iOS 12 public release comes WatchOS 5 for Apple Watch and tvOS 12 for 4th generation and 4K Apple TV models. All three softwares are available for download.
More About iOS 12
There are other less prominent improvements in iOS 12. You can read up more on the official press release.