The first beta iOS 12 is out now, and it contains many features that we've been waiting for for years. App-aggregated notifications? You are welcome. Configuring Do Not Disturb by Time and Location? There is also. FaceTime conferences? Sure! Additionally, system performance has been improved in iOS 12. This version contains many useful new features.
You can read about all the new and hidden features iOS 12 below. Recall that the final release will take place this fall.
- 1. Improved performance on older models
- 2. Consolidated notifications
- 3. Do not disturb at night
- 4. Do Not Disturb icons in Control Center
- 5. Manage lock screen notifications
- 6. Emergency notifications
- 7. Screen time
- 8. Application restrictions
- 9. Parental Control
- 10. New Animoji
- 11. Language detection in Animoji
- 12. Memoji
- 13. Camera Effects in Messages
- 14. FaceTime conferences
- 15. FaceTime in Messages
- 16. Recommendations Siri
- 17. New Shortcuts app
- 18. Add to Siri
- 19. Improved translator
- 20. New knowledge Siri
- 21. New application Books
- 22. New app Promotions
- 23. Application Promotions for iPad
- 24. New Voice Notes
- 25. New Roulette app
- 26. News app improvements
- 27. Tracking protection
- 28. Improved password management
- 29. Ability to share passwords
- 30. New password autocomplete
- 31. Autocomplete verification codes
- 32. Tab 'For you' in Photos
- 33. Recommendations Photo
- 34. Search recommendations
- 35. Search for places and events
- 36. Support for RAW format
- 37. Portrait lighting just got better
- 38. Highlighting QR codes
- 39. Portrait division
- 40. ARKit 2.0
- 41. Multiplayer Augmented Reality
- 42. New AR file format
- 43. Closing applications on iPhone X
- 44. Automatic software updates
- 45. Safari Tabs on iPhone X
- 46. Gestures iPhone X to iPad
- 47. Manage QR codes
- 48. Icons on Safari Tabs
- 49. New settings Siri
- 50. Do not disturb at night
- 51. Battery usage statistics
- 52. Voice memo settings
- 53. New voice Siri
- 54. Podcasts app updates
- 55. Face ID reset gesture
- 56. Dark widget with music
- 57. New phrases Siri
- 58. New Activity Trophies
- 59. Updates Apple Music
- 60. More Colors Markup
1. Improved performance on older models
Apple is working hard to ensure that the new iOS 12 features can be enjoyed by owners of all iOS 11 supported devices, including iPhone 5s. Moreover, older models will perform much better with this version. On iPhone 6 apps launch 40% faster, keyboard 50%, and camera 70% faster.
2. Consolidated notifications
Apple has finally updated the notification system – now they are grouped by application, post, correspondence and context. Click on a group and you can view all the notifications in it.
3. Do not disturb at night
Now with the Do Not Disturb mode, the smartphone screen will not light up from notifications at night. After activating the screen, you will only see a blank lock screen. In the morning, notifications will remain hidden until you turn on the screen.
4. Do Not Disturb icons in Control Center
You can now use 3D Touch on the Do Not Disturb icon in Control Center to select settings. If desired, you can turn on the mode for just an hour. If you have a meeting saved in your calendar, you can activate the mode only for the duration of this meeting.
5. Manage lock screen notifications
You can now manage your notification settings right from the lock screen. You can turn off notifications from specific apps, hide them on the lock screen, and more, all without having to go to Settings. If you do not use the application for a long time and do not respond to its notifications, Siri will offer to disable them.
6. Emergency notifications
There is a new kind of emergency notifications that you will receive even when Do Not Disturb is active.
7. Screen time
You will receive detailed reports on how much time you spend at your device and in which applications. In addition, you will know how many times a day you use your smartphone and what for. Information is synchronized to iPhone and to iPad. Reports will be generated weekly.
8. Application restrictions
Once you know how much time you spend on apps, you can set time limits on their use. You will receive a notification when the time is running out. When it ends, the application will close. The restrictions can be ignored, but after a while iOS it will try to do its job again.
9. Parental Control
Application restrictions can be used for parental controls as well. From your device, you can limit the amount of time your child can spend in specific apps on theirs. Restrictions may apply to all applications or only certain categories, like games.
10. New Animoji
Four new Animoji have been added: Ghost, Koala, Tiger, and Tyrannosaurus.
11. Language detection in Animoji
Now you can stick your tongue out and the Animoji character will repeat after you.
You will be able to create your Animoji character. The feature works like Bitmoji, but based on a 3D scanner. You can choose the color of skin, hair, eyes, etc. and create a character that looks like yourself.
13. Camera Effects in Messages
When you open the Camera from Messages, you will see a small icon with effects in the lower left corner of the screen. With it, you can choose a filter, sticker, Animoji or Memoji for your photo. This makes it very convenient to send funny photos via Messages.
14. FaceTime conferences
FaceTime has finally been updated! Now the application has a new design, and there are conferences in which up to 32 users can participate simultaneously. People are displayed in small squares on the screen, and when they speak, the squares become larger and more visible.
15. FaceTime in Messages
You can start a FaceTime call directly from a group chat in Messages. Users will be able to join using the link.
16. Recommendations Siri
Recommendations Siri now apply to the entire system. When Siri remembers your habits, the virtual assistant will start offering you quick actions at the right time. Recommendations are shown on the lock screen and in search.
17. New Shortcuts app
Apple integrated Workflow application right into iOS. The new default app is called Shortcuts and is tied to Siri. The interface is very similar to Workflow. You can create a series of multiple actions. You can name the series and then just ask Siri to execute it.
18. Add to Siri
Siri becomes open to third party applications. With the 'Add to Siri' button you will be able to use some of the virtual assistant functions in third party applications. Added actions are synced across all devices, including HomePod.
19. Improved translator
Translator Siri now supports over 40 languages. Only a few were previously supported.
20. New knowledge Siri
The virtual assistant Siri has gotten a lot smarter. Now Siri can answer questions about motorsport, celebrity and food. Also with the help of Siri you can search for photos in memories and passwords.
21. New application Books
The iBooks app has been renamed and redesigned. It now opens with a section with the books you are reading now. We also changed the design of the book and audiobook store – it became similar to the design App Store.
22. New app Promotions
More information is now available in the Promotions app. Added interactive charts and integration with Apple News. You can get the latest market news and read them directly in the Promotions app.
23. Application Promotions for iPad
Now the Promotions are also available on iPad. The app has a convenient side menu with all prices.
24. New Voice Notes
Voice Memos has been redesigned and the app is also available at iPad.
25. New Roulette app
The Roulette app allows you to measure flat rectangular surfaces by drawing a line on the camera screen. You just need to point the smartphone camera at an object, and its corners will be recognized automatically.
26. News app improvements
Now it is more convenient to view news. Swipe down on the screen to go to your favorite categories and channels. On iPad this can be done in the new side menu.
27. Tracking protection
Now iOS does not allow share buttons and comment widgets to track your actions without your consent. Safari also prevents advertisers from collecting information about your device.
28. Improved password management
Now iOS will offer you stronger passwords and you will not be able to use the same password multiple times.
29. Ability to share passwords
You can easily share passwords with other devices from iOS nearby. You can share passwords from iOS on Mac and from iOS to Apple TV, which is very handy when setting up a new Apple TV.
30. New password autocomplete
If desired, developers of third-party applications will be able to access the autocomplete function iOS. You no longer need extensions or apps like 1Password to fill out passwords.
31. Autocomplete verification codes
Users with two-factor authentication will love this feature. Now iOS automatically fills in one-time passwords received via SMS. No more copying or memorizing 6-digit codes.
32. Tab 'For you' in Photos
This tab displays Memories, Shared Albums, and Recommendations Siri. Here you can find recommended effects, etc.
33. Recommendations Photo
As with Google Photos, you can easily share group photos with your friends. The Photos application will identify places and events in your photos and based on them select people with whom you can share them. The function will recognize people using face recognition.
34. Search recommendations
Search recommendations will suggest events, people, places, and dates for you.
35. Search for places and events
You can easily and quickly find photos by location. Both specific and general guidelines will work. Search by event is also possible. Search now supports multiple keywords.
36. Support for RAW format
Now you can import and manage RAW photos in your iPhone or iPad. If you have iPad Pro, you can also edit them.
37. Portrait lighting just got better
Herd portrait light function is better. Now, when recognizing a face, a mask is integrated into it, which separates the person from the background. Previously, the function's main problem was poor detection of object boundaries. It got better now.
38. Highlighting QR codes
The Camera app now highlights QR codes to make them easier to scan.
39. Portrait division
New APIs for third-party developers allow you to split photos into layers, separating the background from the object.
40. ARKit 2.0
The updated ARKit platform has better object recognition, better face tracking and better scenario detection.
41. Multiplayer Augmented Reality
Now multiple users can use the same augmented reality scenario at the same time. You will be able to play augmented reality games with your friends.
42. New AR file format
3D augmented reality objects have become easier to create. For this, a new USDZ format was developed. With it, objects can be viewed in Mail, Messages and even through a browser.
43. Closing applications on iPhone X
In iOS 11, there are several steps to close the application on iPhone X. Now it will be enough to simply swipe the application up to force close it.
44. Automatic software updates
Apple took an example from Microsoft. You will now be able to enable auto-updates in the Software Update, but the feature is disabled by default.
45. Safari Tabs on iPhone X
Safari now displays tabs at the top of the screen in landscape orientation, so you can quickly and easily switch between them.
46. Gestures iPhone X to iPad
Swiping down from the top right corner of the screen iPad will open Control Center. After swiping across the dock, you can quickly return to the home screen. It's not exactly like iPhone X, but the gestures are very similar.
47. Manage QR codes
There is a new standard icon in Control Center that opens the camera to scan QR codes.
48. Icons on Safari Tabs
In Settings, you can enable the function with which icons of sites will be displayed on Safari tabs.
49. New settings Siri
A new item has appeared in the settings section Siri and search, with which you can create quick actions. This can be sending messages to someone through a specific service, opening a specific site in Safari, etc. In addition, you can bind phrases to actions.
50. Do not disturb at night
Now the Do Not Disturb mode can be automatically activated at night and remain active until you wake up.
51. Battery usage statistics
A new section with the battery usage graph has been added to the Battery settings.
52. Voice memo settings
Now you can choose the audio compression quality, change the default name of notes, and even enable automatic deletion of notes that are more than 30 days old.
53. New voice Siri
When using the text-to-speech feature, you will hear a new voice Siri.
54. Podcasts app updates
Now, in the Podcasts application, you can select the interval time for flipping audio (from 10 to 60 seconds).
55. Face ID reset gesture
In iOS 12, you can swipe up after a failed face recognition attempt to reset Face ID authentication and try again. The function is especially useful in the dark.
56. Dark widget with music
The lock screen music widget is now dark.
57. New phrases Siri
Now Siri you can ask: 'where is my phone', 'where is my watch' and 'turn on the flashlight'.
58. New Activity Trophies
The section with achievements in the Activity app has been updated.
59. Updates Apple Music
The app now has a 'Play' button on the artist's page that lets you play his randomly selected song.
60. More Colors Markup
Now, when editing screenshots, you can use more colors, and not just 6, as before.