Apple announced its iOS 12 update back in June at its yearly WWDC developers conference with it bringing a mass of useful upgrades to iPhone and iPad devices.
Since it was unveiled, Apple has been busy making sure it’s fully ready for a public release and that date has finally been set with this huge software upgrade being pushed out to devices across the globe later today.
iOS 12 brings a number of new features to the iPhone with updates to Messages, Photos, Notifications and FaceTime.
watchOS 5 is available for Apple Watch Series 1, Apple Watch Series 2, and Apple Watch Series 3. The first-generation Apple Watch is not supported. To update your Watch software, go into Watch app on the iPhone and tap on General -> Software Update. watchOS 5 includes several major new features like Podcasts app, Raise to Speak for Siri, new pace measurements for running workouts, Activity competitions, automatic workout detection and a new app, Walkie-Talkie.
tvOS 12 is available for all tvOS Apple TVs and includes new aerial screensavers; the 4K Apple TV gains Dolby Atmos support. Again, you’ll be able to update through the Settings app. A significant HomePod software update is also being released today; it will update automatically or you can force a Software Update through the Home app on an iOS device.
Initially, Apple does not notify devices that new updates are available. If you do not update within the first week or so, the iOS device will prompt you that a software update is available to install with a red badge on the Settings app.
Apple says it has improved the performance on iOS 12 with apps opening twice as fast and optimising CPU to the maximum when required. The company says its latest software update works better on older iPhones. iOS 12 is said to load apps on older iPhones up to 40% faster.
Apple will be rolling out the latest ARKiT 2.0 augmented reality platform with its new software update. The latest iteration paves way for smarter and more advanced AR-based applications on iPhones. The company has rolled out Universal Scene Description Optimised (USDZ) in collaboration with Pixar to create a new file format for AR content. Apple has partnered with companies like Adobe and Lego to deliver better and more interactive AR experience on the iPhones.
Similar to Google’s AI-based Photos app, Apple’s native photo application is also getting some smarter features with iOS 12. For instance, Apple Photos will now show search suggestions allowing users to discover older photos through certain keywords like places, moments and even business names.
Apple has launched a new section called For You in the Photos app that will show memories, featured photos, live photos, shared album activity. Apple Photos will also show you highlights of from a certain event or day and suggest users to invite friends to join the album.
Another interesting update is the ability to send full resolution pictures through iMessage.
Apple is also bringing a slew of digital well-being focused features in the latest iOS 12 update. There will be a new dashboard that will show users how much time they have spent on their devices. Users can also set a time limit for different applications. Called Screen Time, the feature will be available to both iPhone and iPad users.
Siri on iOS 12 will prompt users to disable notifications for apps they don’t use regularly.